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December 2005 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.</th></tr>
The Atlantic Monthly
Editor James Bennet
Categories literature, political science, foreign affairs
Frequency 10 per year
Circulation 425,000


The Atlantic Monthly Group
First Issue 1857
Country Image:Flag of the United States.svg United States
Language American English
ISSN 1072-7825
The Atlantic redirects here; for the ocean, see Atlantic Ocean.

The Atlantic Monthly (also known as The Atlantic) is an American literary/cultural magazine founded in Boston in 1857.

Its creators were a group of writers that included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., and James Russell Lowell (who would become its first editor).


[edit] Format and periodicity

Originally a monthly publication, the magazine, subscribed to by 480,000 readers, now publishes ten times a year and features articles in the fields of political science and foreign affairs, as well as book reviews. Also in 2005 The Atlantic announced that it would cease including short stories in its regular issues, but rather in a single annual special edition.

[edit] Literary history

The Atlantic Monthly was the first to publish Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (on February 1, 1862), and William Parker's "The Freedman's Story" (in February and March 1866). In August 1963, the magazine published Martin Luther King, Jr.'s defense of civil disobedience in "Letter from Birmingham Jail". The magazine was a point of connection between Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson; having read an article in the Atlantic by Higginson, Dickinson asked him to become her mentor. It has also published many of the works of Mark Twain, including one that managed to escape publication until 2001. Its best known current writers are James Fallows, Mark Bowden, Corby Kummer, and Caitlin Flanagan.

The magazine has also published speculative articles that inspired the development of whole new technologies. The classic example is the publication of Vannevar Bush's essay "As We May Think" in July 1945, which inspired Douglas Engelbart and later Ted Nelson to develop the modern workstation and hypertext technology.

[edit] Ownership

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February 1862 edition of The Atlantic Monthly, with The Battle Hymn of the Republic on the front page.

For all but its recent existence, The Atlantic has been known as a distinctively New England literary magazine (as opposed to Harper's and later The New Yorker, both from New York), and by its third year was published by the famous Boston publishing house of Ticknor and Fields (later to become part of Houghton Mifflin). The magazine was purchased by its then editor, Ellery Sedgwick, during World War I, but remained in Boston.

In 1980, the magazine was acquired by Mortimer Zuckerman, property magnate and founder of Boston Properties, who became its Chairman.

On September 27, 1999, ownership of the magazine was transferred from Zuckerman to David Bradley, owner of the beltway news-focused National Journal Group. Although Bradley had promised that no major changes were in store, the magazine's publishers announced in April 2005, that the editorial offices would leave their long-time home at 77 North Washington St. in Boston to join the company's advertising and circulation divisions in Washington, D.C. apparently due to the high cost of Boston real estate.<ref>"Atlantic, 148-year institution, leaving city magazine of Twain, James, Howells heads to capital, Boston Globe, April 15, 2005</ref> Later, in August, Bradley told the New York Observer, cost cutting from the move would amount to a minor $200,000–$300,000 and those savings would be swallowed by severance related spending. The reason, then, was to create a hub in Washington where the top minds from all of Bradley's publications could collaborate. Few of the Boston staff agreed to relocate, allowing Bradley to embark on an open search for a new editorial staff.<ref>"Atlantic owner scours country for cinder-editor", New York Observer, August 29September 5, 2005</ref>

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