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The Yale literary magazine (v. 2)

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Pages: 378

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Yale University

Excerpt from book: No literary spirit! Begin and not able to finish! Never ! never! Dumb be the tongue that would speak it! branded the recreant who for two pieces of silver would betray the reputation of her who has nursed him!—Messrs. Editors—go ahead, 1" At this we doffed our beavers and made a genuine editorial bow. Nearly two weeks passed away before the question was practically answered " when shall we begin to print ?" At length, however, a cold, stormy evening found us all assembled, at an early hour, in our own sanctum sanctorum—a snug, ten-by-twelve feet apartment, neatly carpeted, and provided with the usual appurtenances of a well ordered office editorial. A brisk fire of hickory was burning in an open Franklin, on opposite sides of which were seated Paul Blossom and Jedediah Dyer, each with his feet resting on the stove in such a manner as to preserve an equilibrium of pressure, and each luxuriating, with true editorial delight, amid the circling fumes of a well-lighted cigar. At one side of a handsome center-table which stood directly in front of the fire, sat with folded arms another of the editors, Noah Dove, and on the other side, with pen in hand and inkstand before him, the reader's most obedienl, I, Ralph Rockaway. Upon the table was a huge pile of books, pamphlets and newspapers, all thrown together "in most admired disorder." Here were our exchange papers and periodicals—the ' Knickerbocker,' (except the last No. which we have not yet received,) the spirited, talented, impartial Knickerbocker, indisputably the first periodical of which our literature can boast—Ihe ' American Monthly," its popular and distinguished rival, notwithstanding its cut-and-thrust, blood-and- vengeance style of criticism, and its unpardonable though futile attempts to run down and tomahawk thos...  


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