Issue for January 1862
|Editor||William Makepeace Thackeray (1860-1862)|
|Publisher||George Murray Smith|
The Cornhill Magazine (1860-1975) was a monthlyVictorian magazine and literary journal named after the street address of the founding publisher Smith, Elder & Co. at 65 Cornhill in London. In the 1860s, under editor William Makepeace Thackeray, the paper saw a large circulation, peaking at around 110,000. Due to emerging competitors, circulation fell to 20,000 by 1870. The following year, Leslie Stephen took over as editor. When Stephen left in 1882, circulation had further fallen to 12,000. The Cornhill was purchased by John Murray in 1912, and continued to publish issues until 1975.
Cornhill was founded by George Murray Smith in 1859, and the first issue displayed the cover date January 1860. The literary journal with a selection of articles on diverse subjects and serialisations of new novels continued until 1975. Smith had hoped to gain some of the readership enjoyed by All the Year Round, a similar magazine owned by Charles Dickens; toward this end he employed as editor William Thackeray, Dickens' great literary rival at the time.
The magazine was initially successful, selling more issues than expected, but within a few years circulation dropped rapidly as it failed to keep pace with changes in popular taste. It also gained a reputation for rather safe, inoffensive content in the late Victorian era. A mark of the high regard in which it had been held was its publication of Leaves from the Journal of our Life in the Highlands by Queen Victoria. Stories were often illustrated by preeminent artists of the time, including George du Maurier, Edwin Landseer, Frederic Leighton, and John Everett Millais. Subsequent editors included G. H. Lewes, Leslie Stephen, Ronald Gorell Barnes, James Payn, Peter Quennell and Leonard Huxley.
Contributors to The Cornhill in the 1930s and 1940s included Elizabeth Bowen, Rose Macaulay, Mary Webb, D. K. Broster, and Nugent Barker. From 1917 the magazine was published by John Murray of Albemarle Street, London.
Important works serialised in the journal include the following:
Abstract. Consists, for the most part, of business correspondence of George Smith relating to The Cornhill Magazine, which he founded in 1859, and other publishing business of Smith, Elder, and Co., the London publishing firm.
Citation: Maunder, A 1999, ' "Discourses of Distinction": the reception of The Cornhill Magazine 1859-60', Victorian Periodicals Review, vol 32, no. 3, pp. 239-59. Files in This Item: File: 901212.pdf Size: 6.66 MB Format: Adobe PDFCite journal requires
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