Selections from the holdings of Special Collections University of Delaware Library
The Little Review (Chicago).
Founded by Margaret Anderson, The Little Review published literary and art work from 1914 to 1929 and became one of the most important outlets for transatlantic modernist writers and artists. James Joyce’s Ulysses was published serially in The Little Review, as was a portion of Jean Toomer’s seminal novel Cane.
The Little Review (April, 1918) features the second installment of Ulysses, the Nestor episode.
The Little Review (Autumn, 1922) features a chapter from Cane titled “Fern.”
Two World’s Monthly (New York).
James Joyce’s Ulysses was also printed, without his permission, in thirteen pirated parts, in Two World’s Monthly by the New York publisher Samuel Roth. Displayed are two of these issues.
Founded by Harold Loeb and Alfred Kreymborg, Broom lasted from November 1921 to January 1924 and played an important role in introducing European modernist writers and artists to American readers.
Direction (Darien, Conn.).
The magazine Direction launched its initial issue in December, 1937, with the intent of serving as “an independent liberal monthly, devoted to the arts, and seeking to present a true picture of the social scene through them.” It continued to publish until 1940. Displayed are the first three issues of Direction.
The Enemy (London).
Founded by the artist and author Wyndham Lewis, The Enemy ran for three controversial issues from 1927–1929, and was Lewis’s primary creative outlet during this period. Using the persona of “The Enemy,” Lewis attacked and criticized many of the leading figures of literary modernism, notably Joyce, Stein, and Pound, and presented his own ideas on art and literature. The issue displayed belonged to John Rothenstein, the Director of the Tate Gallery; his receipt for purchasing The Enemy Number 2 is laid into the magazine.
The Pittsburgh Courier
The Pittsburgh Courier was once the country’s most widely circulated black newspaper with a national circulation of almost 200,000. The author and activist Alice Dunbar Nelson was a leading columnist for The Pittsburgh Courier and this scrapbook contains clippings of her column, “From a Woman’s Point of View” which she subsequently titled “Une femme dit.”
Alice Dunbar Nelson Papers
New York Dada (New York, 1921).
This short–lived journal, edited by Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray, appeared at the end of the New York Dada movement. The cover image reproduces a ready–made by Duchamp: a bottle of Belle Haleine perfume with its label replaced by a Man Ray photograph of Duchamp in drag as his female alter ego Rose Sélavy.
William I. Homer papers
The Transatlantic Review (Paris).
Edited by Ford Madox Ford, The Transatlantic Review was based in Paris but was published in London by Gerald Duckworth and Company. Although it only published 12 monthly issues during 1924, The Transatlantic Review had a profound influence on early 20th–century American and English literature by publishing works such as James Joyce’s "Finnegans Wake, as well as writing by Hilda Doolittle, Ernest Hemingway, Selma Lagerlof, Jean Rhys, and Gertrude Stein. Displayed are the final two issues of the magazine.
The Exile (Dijon and Chicago)
Another short–lived, but very important modernist magazine was The Exile. Launched by Ezra Pound in March 1927, The Exile lasted only four issues. Still, the magazine featured contributions from Pound, Ernest Hemingway, E. E. Cummings, Basil Bunting, W. B. Yeats, William Carlos Williams, and others.
Published by Hendersons, a high–brow London bookstore, the elegantly–produced Coterie was an important venue for British and American authors in the period surrounding World War I. Launched on May Day, 1919, Coterie lasted until 1921 and was succeeded by New Coterie four years later.