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Master of Arts




The Reviewer (1921-1925) was a "little magazine" created by four iconoclastic young editors, Emily Clark, Hunter Stagg, Margaret Freeman, and Mary Street to counter Mencken's claim that the South was a "Sahara of the Bozart." Aided by R. L. Mencken, James Branch Cabell and Carl Van Vechten the editors secured contributions from the most famous writers of the time to publish with their "discoveries." This thesis contains the magazine's history, an extensive bibliography, and an anthology drawn from the most representative sections in each genre. Copies of The Reviewer are extremely rare, and the anthology is intended to show that The Reviewer was the progenitor of the Southern Literary Renaissance.

In 1925 The Reviewer was given by its Richmond, Virginia editors to Paul Green of the University of North Carolina. In 1926 Green gave it to J. B. Hubbell who merged it with The Southwest Review where it remains today.