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., 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. who fled to England to escape religious persecution, it contained news of the month together with prose and poetry. 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.
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”.