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The Modern Short Story and Magazine Culture, 1880-1950$
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Elke D'hoker and Chris Mourant

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474461085

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461085.001.0001

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Horizon Magazine and the Wartime Short Story, 1940–1945

Horizon Magazine and the Wartime Short Story, 1940–1945

(p.229) Chapter 11 Horizon Magazine and the Wartime Short Story, 1940–1945
The Modern Short Story and Magazine Culture, 1880-1950

Ann-Marie Einhaus

Edinburgh University Press

Cyril Connolly’s wartime periodical venture Horizon is commonly regarded as one of the most significant British literary publications in this period alongside John Lehmann’s New Writing series. Connolly’s specialism was literary criticism and cultural commentary, but the magazine also prided itself in offering readers exciting new (and some older) works of poetry and fiction. Given the stature of the magazine, this chapter investigates whether Horizon had a noticeable impact on the wartime short story in Britain, and if so, what this impact might have been. It outlines an editorial policy that, with few exceptions, regarded short fiction as filler material and chose short stories based on a combination of practical and critical factors, determined by availability and convenience as much as by aesthetic judgement.

Keywords:   Second World War, Horizon, Cyril Connolly, Translation, middle classes, Literary criticism, Literary networks, short story

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