When Fraser's Magazine was set up in 1830, it was entering into a literary market populated by a huge number and variety of periodicals and magazines. The first of these, the Edinburgh Review, was established in 1802 with Francis Jeffrey as its editor, and was a vocal supporter of the Whig Party. The Quarterly Review was soon set up as its Tory rival, and these were joined in 1824 by the radical Westminster Review. As suggested by the names, however, these only appeared quarterly, whereas Fraser's was a monthly journal, and thus could comment more immediately on issues of topical concern. Founded by the eponymous Hugh Fraser and William Maginn, it began by offering a distinctively Tory voice. Its early …
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Editors. "Fraser's Magazine". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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