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date: 25 April 2019

Gentleman's Magazine (1731–1914) 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Author(s):
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

A periodical founded by Edward *Cave under the pseudonym ‘Sylvanus Urban’. It constituted a ‘monthly intelligencer’, a well‐illustrated digest of interesting news, essays, anecdotes, and information, and a record of publications, from the daily and weekly news‐sheets and journals. Cave's appears to be the first use of the word ‘magazine’ to describe a journal. Soon original contributions had largely replaced news compilations and the magazine began to include serious works of criticism, essays, history, and poetry. ... ...

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