Devoting a chapter to each, Worth (English, U. of Kansas) delves into five issues regarding the Victorian American periodical: why it started in 1859, how Alexander Macmillan put his stamp on its editorial philosophy and content, how it reflected concerns associated with the Christian Socialist movement, how it and its parent firm dealt with authors and juggled their periodical and book duties, and what led to the decline in its quality and fiscal health during the quarter century before its death. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
George J. Worth is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Kansas. His many publications dealing with Victorian literature include books on James Hannay, W. Harrison Ainsworth, Charles Dickens and Thomas Hughes.