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  • Print publication year: 2012
  • Online publication date: May 2012

Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, 1824–1900

from Annotated Bibliography


Established by William Blackwood with a Tory bias, Blackwood's contained myriad essays on the press, especially its influence everywhere. Other themes were literary criticism and newspapers' quality.

1. N., C. [J. G. Lockhart]. “Note on the Quarterly Reviewers.” 15 (1824): 83–85.

Reckoned that the last number was the Quarterly's “very best” notwithstanding the departure of editor William Gifford and was especially satisfying, as the “cowardly ruffians” at some other periodicals had predicted that the review would suffer without him. The Quarterly “seems to have paid-off a host of heavy worthies…a dead-weight upon the spring of intellect” and turned to new writers, “people of the world.” Aside on an Edinburgh Review contributor as “an inferior scribe.”

2. [Maginn, William]. “Letters of Timothy Tickler, Esq. to Eminent Characters. To C. North, Esq., Etc. No. XIII: Mr. Theodore Hook.” 15 (1824): 90–93.

Expressed “contempt for the people connected with the London newspapers” except those associated with John Bull.

3. [Lockhart, J. G.]. “Letters of Timothy Tickler, Esq. to Eminent Literary Characters. No. XIV: To Francis Jeffrey, Esq. on the Westminster Review, Etc.” 15 (1824): 144–51.

Described writers in the Westminster as “clever, determined, resolute, thorough-going,” some as educated as Edinburgh Review authors and as “well skilled…in the arts of communicating,” and the neophyte review as “written well, with distinctness and vigour almost throughout, and occasionally very considerable power and eloquence.”

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