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The American Magazine

Always open to popular fiction, it adopted an unusual policy in the 1930s: "To encourage new fiction writers and to discourage his staff from being blinded by famous names editor Sumner Blossom ordered mailroom clerks to mask the author's name on all unsolicited pieces of fiction. The staff learned the author's identity only after it had decided to accept or reject a manuscript" (Theodore Peterson, Magazines in the Twentieth Century). Authors included Ellis Parker Butler, Clarence Budington Kelland, Edison Marshall, S.S. Van Dine, Zane Grey, Dashiell Hammett, Rex Stout, Leslie Charteris and Graham Greene ("The Third Man," Mar. 1949).

Issues & Index Sources

  Jan-1876 – Feb-1904, as Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly: The Standard Index of Short Stories (Hannigan from Jan-1900 only; FicMags sample issues only)
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  Mar-1904 – Aug-1905, as Leslie's Monthly Magazine: The Standard Index of Short Stories (sample issues only)
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  Sep-1905 – May-1906, as American Illustrated Magazine: FictionMags Index
  Jun-1906 – Aug-1956, as The American Magazine: The Standard Index of Short Stories (Hannigan to Dec-1914 only; FicMags incomplete after Sep-1911)
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  Jan-1876 – Jul-1878: Frank Leslie
  Aug-1878 – Jul-1905: Frank Leslie Publishing
  Aug-1905 – May-1906: Colver Publishing
  Jun-1906 – 1911: John S. Phillips
  1911 – 1934: Crowell
  1934 – 1956: Crowell-Collier


  1876 – 1880: Frank Leslie
  1880 – 1899: Mrs Frank Leslie
  1899 – May-1906: Ellery Sedgwick
  Jun-1906 – 1915: John S. Phillips
  1915 – 1923: John M. Siddall
  1923 – 1929: Merle Crowell
  1929 – 1956: Sumner Blossom


  standard until 1913, then big slick


  $2.50 at outset, radically redesigned in 1898 as a 10c monthly


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American Man

Total Issues: 2

Subtitled "The Exciting Magazine of Thrilling Adventure".

Issues & Index Sources:  May-1965 – Jan-1966
Publishers:   Popular Library Publication
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American Manhood

see under Mr. America

The American Mercury

Arguably a new version of The Smart Set at the start (which had been produced by the same pair of editors before being sold to Hearst). Authors included Sinclair Lewis, James Stevens, William Faulkner and Ray Bradbury (his "breakout" story from the pulps, "The Big Black and White Game," Aug-1945). Circulation peaked at 77,000 in 1927 and again at 84,000 in 1945. From Sep-1952 onwards it became a right-wing specialist journal unrelated to the original other than by name.

Restarted in 2010 as an online magazine.

Issues & Index Sources

  Jan-1924 – Aug-1952: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  Sep-1952 – Winter 1980


  1924 – 1935?: Alfred A. Knopf
  1935? – 1939: Paul Palmer
  1939 – 1950: Lawrence Spivak (Mercury Press)
  1950 – 1951?: Clendenin J. Ryan
  1951 – 1952: William Bradford Huie
  1952: J. Russell Maguire



  1924 – 1934: H. L. Mencken
  1924 – 1925: H. L. Mencken & George Jean Nathan
  ?: Henry Hazlitt
  1934 – 1948: Lawrence Spivak
  1950 – 1952: William Bradford Huie


  1924 – 1935?: standard
  1935? – 1952: digest



American Monthly Magazine [1829]

Modelled on UK New Monthly Magazine. Compendium of reviews, poems and tales, mostly written by Willis. According to Mott, "One of the most readable and entertaining magazines that had yet appeared in America."

Issues & Index Sources

  Apr-1829 – Jul-1831


  Apr-1829 – Mar-1831: Pierce & Williams, Boston
  Apr-1831 – Jul-1831: N.P. Willis


  Nathaniel Parker Willis



American Monthly Magazine [1833]

Regular stories and 'nouvellettes'. Ran Poe's "Von Jung, the Mystic" (Jun-1837) and serialized Hoffman's "Vanderlyn" (1837).

Note: there was another magazine of this title running in 1878

Issues & Index Sources

  Mar-1833 – Oct-1838: Index to Periodical Literature


  George Dearborn, NY


  1833 – 1835: H.W. Herbert
  1835 – 1836: Charles Fenno Hoffman
  1836 – 1838: Park Penjamin



American Museum

Serialized "The Atlantis" by Peter Prospero (a pseudonym attributed by some to Poe, though more probably it was by Brooks himself).

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1838 – Jun-1839
Publishers:   in Baltimore
Editors:   Nathan C. Brooks
Frequency:   monthly

American Needlewoman

Serialized "The Atlantis" by Peter Prospero (a pseudonym attributed by some to Poe, though more probably it was by Brooks himself).

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1920s: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Vickory & Hill Publishing Co.; Augusta, ME
Editors:   M.G.L. Bailey (in 1926)
Frequency:   monthly

American Novelists' Series

Total Issues: 53

Issues & Index Sources:  1889 – 1890
Publishers:   John W. Lovell Co.
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

American Novels

Total Issues: 49

Issues & Index Sources:  1865 – 1869
Publishers:   Irwin Beadle
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

American Novels

Total Issues: 12

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1880s
Publishers:   Lippincott
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

American Parade

A cloth-bound quarterly founded by Roberts. Subtitled "A Quarterly Magazine - Without Policy" but, despite that, it was disparaging of the Parisian expatriate writers. Contributors included George Sterling and Richard Le Galliene, with stories by Louise Townsend Nicholl, Louis Adamic, Orrick Johns, Gamaliel Bradford, Jacques Le Clerq.

Lasted until 1928 at least.

Issues & Index Sources:  1925 – ?
Publishers:   Parade Publishing, NY
Editors:   W. Adolphe Roberts
Frequency:   quarterly

American Patriot

The official organ of the Anti-Saloon League of America. Each issue had a couple short stories.

Issues & Index Sources:  1912 – 1916
Publishers:   American Issue Publishing Company of Westerville, Ohio
Editors:   Ernest Hurst Cherrington
Prices:   10c
Pagecounts:   32pp
Frequency:   monthly

American Pioneer Tales

see under Best Stories (of All Time)

American Prefaces

Issues & Index Sources:  ? – Summer 1943: Index to (American) Little Magazines (omits anything prior to 1920)
Publishers:   University of Iowa
Editors:   Wilbur L. Schramm & Paul Engle
Frequency:   quarterly?

American Publisher

Total Issues: 10

Issues & Index Sources:  1871
Publishers:   American Pub. Co.
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

American Ranch Romances

A series of Australian booklets, numbered but not dated. Some issues just titled Ranch Romances on the covers.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1950s: Western Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
Publishers:   Malian Press, Sydney
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The American Reader

Total Issues: 10 (as at Aug-2015)

A monthly print and digital literary journal "committed to inspiring literary and critical conversation among a new generation of readers, and restoring literature to its proper place in the American cultural discourse."

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct/Nov-2012 – present: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Editors:   Uzoamaka Maduka

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