The Gentleman's Magazine
Posted by John W on April 26, 1998 at 03:31:23:
In response to Shades of Mrs. Elton, written by Carolyn B on April 24, 1998 at 23:18:12
does anyone know if Gentleman's Magazine was an English or American publication?
English, published between 1731 and 1914. The first publication to transfer the military term 'magazine 'to a publication. It started as an ancestor of the 'Reader's Digest', providing reprinted excerps of other town publications for the increasingly literate country gentry, Squire Weston would not have read it but Tom Jones would. It soon began to publish original material on all the subjects which would interest its largely rural audience, politics, agriculture and the law. Dr Johnson was a friend of the proprietor, and devised ways around the ban on Parliamentry reporting by publishing Parliamentary debates as from the land of Lilliput. No doubt Mr Bennett passe part of his time reading it.
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