Macmillan’s Magazine, 1859–1907: No Flippancy or Abuse Allowed, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Macmillan’s Magazine, 1859–1907

No Flippancy or Abuse Allowed, 1st Edition

By George J. Worth


208 pages

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Macmillan's Magazine has long been recognized as one of the most significant of the many British literary/intellectual periodicals that flourished in the second half of the nineteenth century. Yet the first volume of the Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals (1966) pointed out that 'There is no study of Macmillan's Magazine' - and that lack has been only partially remedied in all the decades since. In this work, George Worth addresses five principal questions. Where did Macmillan's come from, and why in 1859? Who or what was the guiding spirit behind the Magazine, especially in its early, formative years? What cluster of ideas gave it such coherence as it manifested during that period? How did it and its parent firm deal with authors and juggle their periodical work and the books they produced for Macmillan and Co.? And what, finally, accounted for the palpable decline in the quality and fiscal health of Macmillan's during the last 25 years of its life and, ultimately, for its death? Worth includes a treasure trove of original material about the Magazine much of it drawn from unpublished manuscripts and other previously untapped primary sources. Macmillan's Magazine, 1859-1907 contributes to the understanding not only of one significant Victorian periodical but also, more generally, of the literary and cultural milieu in which it originated, flourished, declined, and expired.


'… thoroughly researched account…' Times Literary Supplement 'George J. Worth gives us a much-needed account of the rise and fall of Macmillan's Magazine, 1859-1907… Worth is a thoughtful historian…' Studies in English Literature 'Scrupulous research […] along with careful attention to the seemingly mundane details, financial and personal, of a highly successful literary magazine, make Macmillan's Magazine, 1859-1907 a valuable resource for scholars interested in the Victorian press.' Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 'One final word of praise for this interesting and often entertaining study concerns the notes at the end of its chapter. They are valuable not only because they reveal the archival sources that underpin Worth's study, but also because they often provide brief essays on topics relevant to the story it tells.' Victorian Periodicals Review

Table of Contents

Contents: General editors' preface; Introduction; The beginning; The role of Alexander Macmillan; The role of Frederick Denison Maurice; Margaret Oliphant; John Morley and Mowbray Morris; Index.

About the Author

George J. Worth is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Kansas. His many publications dealing with Victorian literature include books on James Hannay, W. Harrison Ainsworth, Charles Dickens and Thomas Hughes.

About the Series

The Nineteenth Century Series

The Nineteenth Century Series

The Nineteenth Century Series aims to develop and promote new approaches and fresh directions in scholarship and criticism on nineteenth-century literature and culture. The series encourages work which erodes the traditional boundary between Romantic and Victorian studies and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to the literary, religious, scientific and visual cultures of the period. While British literature and culture are the core subject matter of monographs and collections in the series,  the editors encourage proposals which explore the wider, international contexts of nineteenth-century literature – transatlantic, European and global.  Print culture, including studies in the newspaper and periodical press, book history, life writing and gender studies are particular strengths of this established series as are high quality single author studies.  The series also embraces research in the field of digital humanities. The editors invite proposals from both younger and established scholars in all areas of nineteenth-century literary studies. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature