New Statesman

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The

New Statesman

is a weekly political and literary magazine published from London since April 1913. For some periods of its history it appeared as the

New Statesman and Nation

(1931-58, after absorbing the

Nation and Athenaeum

) and as the

New Statesman and Society

(1988-96, after merger with

New Society

). Politically associated with the Left and with its puritan abstentionist traditions, it was for long periods linked especially with pacifist currents in and beyond the Labour Party. Its literary significance lies chiefly in its cultural “back half” of pages devoted to stories, essays, poems and reviews of books and the arts.

The magazine was founded by leaders of the intellectual socialist Fabian Society, principally Beatrice and Sidney Webb, with support from Bernard Shaw and other

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Citation: Baldick, Chris. "New Statesman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 March 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19629, accessed 23 February 2024.]

19629 New Statesman 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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