Cornhill Magazine

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Cornhill Magazine

was a highly influential, commercially successful, literary periodical. Founded as a monthly magazine in 1860 by the publishing firm of Smith, Elder & Company, its shilling price was far below the 2




. charged for the old monthlies like

Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine

. Its enormous initial success facilitated a boom in shilling monthly magazines in the second half of the nineteenth century. The sensation it created is evident in one of


's advertisements of 7 January 1860: “It is almost impossible to imagine any further developments, either in quality or in quantity, of the periodical literature of this country, than that which is attained in the new monthly serial issued from the house of Messrs. Smith, Elder & Co. (

Sunday Times

)” (p. 25).

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Citation: Hadjiafxendi, Kyriaki. "Cornhill Magazine". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 May 2008 [, accessed 30 May 2024.]

226 Cornhill Magazine 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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