Times Literary Supplement

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

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The Times Literary Supplement

is a weekly review of books and arts published from London in newspaper form since 1902. As its name suggests, it was originally (1902-14) a free supplement, provided with the Friday issue of the daily newspaper

The Times.

Since March 1914 it has been on sale as a separate paper. In its early decades it was commonly referred to as the

Times Lit. Supp.

, but from the 1950s the simpler abbreviation


became habitual, and that has been the paper’s masthead since 1969. A famous feature of


articles until 1974 was that they were, with some exceptions, anonymous. The exceptions included a few cases in which the paper was keen to advertise a reviewer’s special eminence – as in the byline given to Henry James for his review-article “The Younger…

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Citation: Baldick, Chris. "Times Literary Supplement". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 April 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19627, accessed 15 April 2024.]

19627 Times Literary Supplement 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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