The Gentleman’s Journal, or to give it its full title The Gentleman’s Journal. Or the Monthly Miscellany. By way of a Letter to A Gentleman in the Country. Consisting of News, History, Philosophy, Poetry, Musick, Translation , Etc.,[1] published monthly from 1692 until 1694, was the precursor to what evolved into the modern magazine. Edited by Peter Anthony Motteux, a Huguenot[a]Huguenots were French Protestants.[2] who fled to England to escape religious persecution, it contained news of the month together with prose and poetry.[3] The literary historian Margaret J. M. Ezell is among those who been been struck by how Motteux’s formatting and selection of materials during the Journal‘s thirty-three issues resembles that of 20th-century magazines aimed at a literary middle-class audience.[1]

The literary historian Walter Graham considers the Gentleman’s Journal to be “the most important serial publication of the seventeenth century”, as until its foundation there had been a strong prejudice against fiction and poetry in such publications, considered to be unsuitable for the perusal of “serious readers”.[1]

Notes[+]

Citations



Bibliography


Birch, D. “Gentleman’s Journal.” Oxford Companion to English Literature, Online, Oxford University Press, 2009, https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780192806871.001.0001/acref-9780192806871-e-3045.
Birch, D. “Motteux, Peter Anthony (1660–1718).” Oxford Companion to English Literature, Online, Oxford University Press, 2009, https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780192806871.001.0001/acref-9780192806871-e-5258.
Ezell, Margaret J. M. “The ‘Gentleman’s Journal’ and the Commercialization of Restoration Coterie Lirerary Practices.” Modern Philology, vol. 89, no. 3, Feb. 1992, pp. 323–340, https://www.jstor.org/stable/438365.