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The Atlantic is an American magazine, founded in 1857 as The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, Massachusetts Since 2006, the magazine is based in Washington, DC Created as a literary and cultural commentary magazine, it has grown to achieve a national reputation as a high-quality review organ with a liberal worldview The magazine has notably recognized and published new writers and poets, as well as encouraged major careers It has published leading writers' commentary on abolition, education, and other major issues in contemporary political affairs The periodical has won more National Magazine Awards than any other monthly magazine

The first issue of the magazine was published on November 1, 1857 The magazine's initiator and founder was Francis H Underwood, an assistant to the publisher, who received less recognition than his partners because he was "neither a 'humbug' nor a Harvard man" The other founding sponsors were prominent writers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson; Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Harriet Beecher Stowe; John Greenleaf Whittier; and James Russell Lowell, who served as its first editor

After experiencing financial hardship and a series of ownership changes, the magazine was reformatted as a general editorial magazine Focusing on "foreign affairs, politics, and the economy cultural trends", it is now primarily aimed at a target audience of serious national readers and "thought leaders" In 2010, The Atlantic posted its first profit in a decade In profiling the publication at the time, The New York Times noted the accomplishment was the result of "a cultural transfusion, a dose of counterintuition and a lot of digital advertising revenue"


  • 1 Format, publication frequency, and name
  • 2 Literary history
  • 3 Ownership
  • 4 Politics
  • 5 The Wire
  • 6 CityLab
  • 7 Critical reception
  • 8 List of editors
  • 9 List of issues
  • 10 See also
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links

Format, publication frequency, and name

The magazine, subscribed to by over 400,000 readers, now publishes ten times a year As the former name suggests, it was a monthly magazine for 144 years until 2001, when it published eleven issues; it published ten issues yearly from 2003 on, dropped "Monthly" from the cover starting with the January/February 2004 issue, and officially changed the name in 2007 The Atlantic features articles in the fields of the arts, the economy, foreign affairs, political science, and technology Regular contributors include James Fallows and Jeffrey Goldberg

In April 2005, The Atlantic's editors decided to cease publishing fiction in regular issues in favor of a newsstand-only annual fiction issue edited by longtime staffer C Michael Curtis They have since re-instituted the practice

On January 22, 2008, TheAtlanticcom dropped its subscriber wall and allowed users to freely browse its site, including all past archives In addition to TheAtlanticcom, The Atlantic's web properties have expanded to include TheAtlanticWirecom, a news- and opinion-tracking site launched in 2009, and in 2011, TheAtlanticCitiescom, a stand-alone website devoted to global cities and trends According to a Mashable profile in December 2011, "traffic to the three web properties recently surpassed 11 million uniques per month, up a staggering 2500% since The Atlantic brought down its paywall in early 2008"

TheAtlanticcom covers politics, business, entertainment, technology, health, international affairs, and more In December 2011, a new Health Channel launched on TheAtlanticcom, incorporating coverage of food, as well as topics related to the mind, body, sex, family, and public health TheAtlanticcom has also expanded to visual storytelling with the addition of the In Focus photo blog, curated by Alan Taylor, and the Video Channel

Literary history

First publication of "Battle Hymn of the Republic"

A leading literary magazine, The Atlantic has published many significant works and authors It was the first to publish pieces by the abolitionists Julia Ward Howe "Battle Hymn of the Republic" on February 1, 1862, and William Parker's slave narrative, "The Freedman's Story" in February and March 1866 It also published Charles W Eliot's "The New Education", a call for practical reform that led to his appointment to presidency of Harvard University in 1869; works by Charles Chesnutt before he collected them in The Conjure Woman 1899; and poetry and short stories, helping launch many national literary careers For example, Emily Dickinson, after reading an article in The Atlantic by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, asked him to become her mentor In 2005, the magazine won a National Magazine Award for fiction

Atlantic Monthly office, Ticknor & Fields, 124 Tremont Street, Boston, ca1868

The magazine also published many of the works of Mark Twain, including one that was lost until 2001 Editors have recognized major cultural changes and movements; for example, the magazine published Martin Luther King, Jr's defense of civil disobedience in "Letter from Birmingham Jail" in August 1963

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

In addition to its fiction and poetry, the magazine publishes writing on society and politics "A three-part series by William Langewiesche in 2002 on the rebuilding of the World Trade Center generated headlines, as have articles by James Fallows on planning for the Iraq war and reconstruction"

The cover of the original issue of The Atlantic, November 1, 1857

As of 2016, its writers included Mark Bowden, Ta-Nehisi Coates, James Fallows, Jeffrey Goldberg, Robert D Kaplan, Megan McArdle, James Hamblin, and Jeffrey Tayler


For all but recent decades, The Atlantic was known as a distinctively New England literary magazine as opposed to Harper's and later The New Yorker, both from New York City It achieved a national reputation and was important to the careers of many American writers and poets By its third year, it was published by the famous Boston publishing house Ticknor and Fields later to become part of Houghton Mifflin The magazine was purchased in 1908 by its then editor, Ellery Sedgwick, 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, Zuckerman transferred ownership of the magazine to David G Bradley, owner of the Beltway news-focused National Journal Group Bradley had promised that the magazine would stay in Boston for the foreseeable future, as it did for the next five and a half years

In April 2005, however, the publishers announced that the editorial offices would be moved from its long-time home at 77 North Washington Street in Boston to join the company's advertising and circulation divisions in Washington, DC 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 was to create a hub in Washington where the top minds from all of Bradley's publications could collaborate under the Atlantic Media Company umbrella Few of the Boston staff agreed to relocate, and Bradley embarked on an open search for a new editorial staff

In 2006, Bradley hired James Bennet as editor-in-chief, who had been the Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times He also hired writers including Jeffrey Goldberg and Andrew Sullivan Jay Lauf joined the organization as publisher and vice-president in 2008


Throughout its 159-year history, The Atlantic has been reticent to issue electoral stances In 1860, three years into publication, The Atlantic's then-editor James Russell Lowell endorsed Abraham Lincoln for his first run for president and also endorsed the abolition of slavery In 1964, 104 years later, Edward Weeks wrote on behalf of the editorial board in endorsing Lyndon B Johnson and rebuking Barry Goldwater's candidacy In 2016, the editorial board endorsed, the third time since the magazine's founding, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a rebuke of Donald Trump's candidacy

The Wire

The Wire previously known as The Atlantic Wire is a sister site of TheAtlanticcom that aggregates news and opinions from online, print, radio, and television outlets When The Atlantic Wire first launched in 2009, it curated op-eds from across the media spectrum and summarized significant positions in each debate Expanded to encompass news and original reporting, regular features include "What I Read", showcasing the media diets of individuals from the worlds of entertainment, journalism, and politics, and "Trimming the Times", a summary of the feature editor's choices of the best content in The New York Times The Atlantic Wire rebranded itself as The Wire in November 2013


CityLab formerly The Atlantic Cities is the latest expansion of The Atlantic's digital properties, launched in September 2011 The stand-alone site has been described as exploring and explaining "the most innovative ideas and pressing issues facing today's global cities and neighborhoods" Featuring the work of Richard Florida, urban theorist, professor, and Atlantic senior editor, TheAtlanticCitiescom also has been described as showcasing leading voices in the urban planning and community building arenas The Atlantic Cities was rebranded as CityLab on May 16, 2014 In June 2015, it hosted the US launch of the Universe Within, the final installment in the Highrise web documentary project

Critical reception

In June 2006, the Chicago Tribune named The Atlantic one of the top ten English-language magazines, describing it as "a gracefully aging 150-year-old granddaddy of periodicals" because "it keeps us smart and in the know" with cover stories on the then-forthcoming fight over Roe v Wade It also lauded regular features such as "Word Fugitives" and "Primary Sources" as "cultural barometers"

On January 14, 2013, The Atlantic's website published "sponsor content" about David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology While the magazine had previously published advertising looking like articles, this one was met with wide criticism The page comments were moderated by the marketing team, not by editorial staff; comments critical of the church were being removed while comments praising the church were being downvoted by readers Later that day, The Atlantic removed the piece from its website and issued an apology

List of editors

  • James Russell Lowell, 1857–61
  • James Thomas Fields, 1861–71
  • William Dean Howells, 1871–81
  • Thomas Bailey Aldrich, 1881–90
  • Horace Elisha Scudder, 1890–98
  • Walter Hines Page, 1898–99
  • Bliss Perry, 1899–1909
  • Ellery Sedgwick, 1909–38
  • Edward A Weeks, 1938–66
  • Robert Manning, 1966–80
  • William Whitworth, 1980–99
  • Michael Kelly, 1999–2003
  • Cullen Murphy, 2003–06 interim editor, never named editor in chief
  • James Bennet, 2006–2016
  • Jeffrey Goldberg, 2016–present

List of issues

  • The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 113 Contributor Carl Sandburg Collections University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Library Atlantic Monthly Company 1914 Retrieved April 1, 2013 

See also

  • List of literary magazines


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines" Alliance for Audited Media December 31, 2015 Retrieved May 30, 2016 
  2. ^ "Historical Facts About The Atlantic" The Atlantic Retrieved July 21, 2016 
  3. ^ "The Atlantic Monthly" Encyclopedia Britannica 
  4. ^ "AgentQuery :: Find the Agent Who Will Find You a Publisher" agentquerycom 
  5. ^ Berman, Judy November 10, 2011 "Famous Magazines' First Covers" Flavorwire Retrieved August 17, 2015 
  6. ^ French, Alex "The Very First Issues of 19 Famous Magazines" Mental Floss Retrieved August 10, 2015 
  7. ^ Chevalier, Tracy 2012 "The Atlantic Monthly American magazine, 1857" Encyclopaedia of the Essay  "The Atlantic Monthly was founded in Boston in 1857 by Francis Underwood an assistant to the publisher"
  8. ^ Sedgwick, Ellery 2009 "A History of the Atlantic Monthly, 1857-1909" p 3  "The Atlantic was founded in 1857 by Francis Underwood, an assistant to the publisher Moses Phillips, and a group of New "
  9. ^ Whittier, John Greenleaf 1975 The Letters of John Greenleaf Whittier 2 p 318  "however, was the founding of the Atlantic Monthly in 1857 Initiated by Francis Underwood and with Lowell as its first editor, the magazine had been sponsored and organized by Lowell, Emerson, Holmes, and Longfellow "
  10. ^ Goodman, Susan 2011 Republic of Words: The Atlantic Monthly and Its Writers p 90 
  11. ^ "The Atlantic" amazoncom Retrieved October 7, 2010 
  12. ^ "Home page" The Atlantic Retrieved October 7, 2010 
  13. ^ Peters, Jeremy W December 12, 2010 "Web Focus Helps Revitalize The Atlantic" The New York Times Retrieved March 26, 2012 
  14. ^ Kuczynski, Alex May 7, 2001 "Media Talk: This Summer, It's the Atlantic Not-Monthly" The New York Times Retrieved October 7, 2010  A change of name was not officially announced when the format first changed from a strict monthly appearing 12 times a year to a slightly lower frequency
  15. ^ "The Atlantic's Masthead" The Atlantic Retrieved March 26, 2012 
  16. ^ "Editors' Note" The Atlantic Retrieved October 7, 2010 
  17. ^ Summers, Nick January 31, 2011 "Exclusive: Ex-Gawker Guy Snyder to Head Atlantic Wire, New Manhattan Staff" The New York Observer Retrieved March 26, 2012 
  18. ^ Kinsman, Matt September 15, 2011 "The Atlantic Debuts TheAtlanticCitiescom" FOLIO Magazine Retrieved March 26, 2012 
  19. ^ Indvik, Lauren December 19, 2011 "Inside The Atlantic: How One Magazine Got Profitable by Going 'Digital First'" Mashable Retrieved March 26, 2012 
  20. ^ Moses, Lucia December 13, 2011 "'The Atlantic' Continues Expansion With Health Channel" AdWeek Retrieved March 26, 2012 
  21. ^ Kaufman, Rachel January 19, 2011 "Alan Taylor Jumps to The Atlantic" Media Bistro's Media Jobs Daily Retrieved March 27, 2012 
  22. ^ Kafka, Peter August 4, 2011 "The Atlantic Launches a Video Aggregator With a Twist" All Things D Retrieved March 27, 2012 
  23. ^ Boston Directory, 1868
  24. ^ The Editors "Martin Luther King's 'Letter From Birmingham Jail'" The Atlantic 
  25. ^ a b Feeney, Mark; Mehegan, David April 15, 2005 "Atlantic, 148-year institution, leaving city: Magazine of Twain, James, Howells heads to capital" The Boston Globe 
  26. ^ "Atlantic owner scours country for cinder-editor" New York Observer August 29 – September 5, 2005 
  27. ^ Kurtz, Howard August 6, 2007 "The Atlantic's Owner Ponies Up" The Washington Post Retrieved August 18, 2007 
  28. ^ "Atlantic masthead" The Atlantic Retrieved October 7, 2010 
  29. ^ "The Election in November", James Russell Lowell, The Atlantic, November 1860
  30. ^ "The 1964 Election", Edward Weeks, The Atlantic, November 1964
  31. ^ "Against Donald Trump", The Atlantic, November 2016
  32. ^ Carr, David September 16, 2009 "Atlantic Hits the Wire With Lots of Opinions" Media Decoder Blog The New York Times 
  33. ^ Indvik, Lauren February 2, 2012 "What's Next for The Atlantic Wire" Mashable 
  34. ^ a b Garber, Megan September 16, 2009 "More on The Atlantic: Wire They Aggregating" Columbia Journalism Review 
  35. ^ "'Trimming the Times': The Atlantic Wire's new feature wants you to make the most of your 20 clicks" Nieman Journalism Lab Retrieved March 26, 2012 
  36. ^ "'Atlantic Wire' relaunches as 'The Wire'" Capital New York Retrieved December 3, 2013 
  37. ^ "The Atlantic Wire Relaunches as The Wire" Adweek Retrieved December 3, 2013 
  38. ^ "The Atlantic Cities" TheAtlanticCitiescom Retrieved March 26, 2012 
  39. ^ "The Atlantic Debuts TheAtlanticCitiescom" Foliocom Retrieved March 26, 2012 
  40. ^ "Introducing CityLabcom: All Things Urban, from The Atlantic" Press release The Atlantic May 16, 2014 Retrieved May 17, 2014 
  41. ^ Capps, Kriston June 2, 2015 "Explore the Digital Lives of Global Highrises in 'Universe Within'" CityLab Retrieved June 5, 2015 
  42. ^ "50 Best Magazines," Chicago Tribune, June 15, 2006
  43. ^ Statement from The Atlantic, Natalie Raabe
  44. ^ The Atlantic's Scientology problem, start to finish, Erik Wemple, The Washington Post blog, January 15, 2013
  45. ^ Brian Stelter and Christine Haughney, "The Atlantic Apologizes for Scientology Ad", January 15, 2013, The New York Times
  46. ^ http://wwwtheatlanticcom/news/archive/2016/10/jeffrey-goldberg-atlantic-editor-in-chief/503573/

External links

  • Official website
  • The Wire
  • A History of The Atlantic
  • The Atlantic archival writings by topic
  • Online archive of The Atlantic earliest issues up to December 1901
  • The American Idea: The Best of The Atlantic Monthly
  • The Atlantic issues at Project Gutenberg
  • Hathi Trust Atlantic Monthly digitized issues, 1857-
  • Boston portal
  • Media portal
  • District of Columbia portal

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