The Paris Review is a quarterly literary magazine established in 1953 by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton. Introducing and championing new writers, including Adrienne Rich and Philip Roth, it was also the first to publish extracts from novels that went on to become literary landmarks, such as, Jeffrey Eugenides’s Virgin Suicides and Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections. In-depth and revealing interviews, with writers such as William Faulkner, Vladimir Nabokov and Seamus Heaney, are also widely admired.
Simple and elegant in format, it remains, to this day, the standard bearer for all literary magazines, and has successfully adapted to the internet age (you can also find them on Tumblr) without deviating from its original editorial mission, as explained by William Styron in the inaugural issue: -
“Dear reader, The Paris Review hopes to emphasize creative work—fiction and poetry—not to the exclusion of criticism, but with the aim in mind of merely removing criticism from the dominating place it holds in most literary magazines and putting it pretty much where it belongs, i.e., somewhere near the back of the book. I think The Paris Review should welcome these people into its pages: the good writers and good poets, the non-drumbeaters and non-axe-grinders. So long as they’re good.”
The photographs are of first editions of issues 19,20,22,23 and 27, published 1958-62 and include work by Philip Roth, William Styron, interviews with Lawrence Durrell, Mary McCarthy and Aldous Huxley and art by Marc Chagall.
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