The Yellow Book

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Gregory Mackie (University of British Columbia)
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One of the most influential and controversial British periodicals of the nineteenth century, the Yellow Book appeared in thirteen volumes over the course of a three-year print run, from 1894 to 1897. As a forerunner of the “little magazines” of the early twentieth century, the Yellow Book can be seen as the definitive periodical of the 1890s, a decade still sometimes referred to as the “yellow nineties”. Indeed, in its own time the Yellow Book became shorthand for the aesthetic and decadent movements of the British fin-de-siècle. Its highly distinctive style inspired numerous imitators and parodists, and it occupies a prominent place not only in literary and publishing history, but also in the genealogy of modernism.

The history of the Yellow Book is intimately connected to many

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Citation: Mackie, Gregory. "The Yellow Book". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 February 2009 [, accessed 03 December 2023.]

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