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Exiles in Print

Little Magazines in Europe, 1921–1938

Celia Aijmer Rydsjö and AnnKatrin Jonsson

The book provides a complementary view of modernism by investigating Anglo-American little magazines published in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. Addressing symbolic and practical aspects of physical location and international themes in the little reviews, it highlights the infrastructure of modernism – networks, finances and genealogies. The authors link activities, strategies and negotiations with the creation of modernism as we know it, as magazine editors are shown to be highly conscious of their role as canon-makers. In this rendition, modernism is intrinsically linked with its agents and practices and pushes the dividing lines between narrow elite culture and wider readerships, as well as between cosmopolites and tourists.
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“Le Moi libre habite Cosmopolis et pense en toutes les langues”

Valéry (Stendhal)1

This is a study of Anglo-American little magazines edited and printed in Paris and other European locations during the 1920s and 30s. Providing a unique forum for experimental literature, criticism and discussions of politics, reading practices and culture, their generous publishing policies contributed to the process of legitimizing and canonizing modernist and avant-garde texts, and now iconic writers such as Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Ernest Hemingway appeared regularly in these publications. From this perspective, the expatriate little magazines were instrumental in shaping modernism as we know it.

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