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Ayers BarnesMargaretYears of Grace1931
Jane's roommate at Bryn Mawr goes on to be a magazine writer in New York in the 1910s (?) (eventually writes plays).
Karen Leick
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BennettArnoldWhat the Public WantsBarbara Green
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CallaghanMorley"Last Spring They Came Over"Main character works for a Toronto paper
Chris McCormack
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CallaghanMorley"A Country Passion"Main character works for a Toronto paper
Chris McCormack
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ChopinKateA Pair of Silk Stockings
The protagonist of this short story, Mrs. Sommers, includes a magazine in her list of self-indulgent purchases. This seems like a concrete example of print culture just before the explosion of modern advertising and the production of inexpensive periodicals.
Adam McKible
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CoatesRobertThe Eater of Darkness1926
This very strange book is about a young man who discovers that his neighbor has an "x-ray" machine that, he learns, can pass through walls and obliterate people (cooking their brains). Many many critics and periodical writers are victims of the machine: H. L Mencken, Harry Hansen, Heywood Broun, Malcolm Cowley, Henry Canby, Waldo Frank, and so on.
Karen Leick
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ConradJosephNostromo1904UK
Martin Decoud in Conrad's Nostromo has "made free of a few newspaper offices" in Paris, written one article about Costaguana in "an important Parisian review," "condescended to write articles on European affairs for the Semanario" of Santa Marta, and becomes "the Journalist of Sulaco" by beginning a single sheet newspaper called the Porvenir.
Judith Paltin
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ConradJosephThe Planter of MaltaUKNarrator is an EditorJack Peters
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ConradJosephThe Secret AgentUK
The Gong and the Torch, anarchist newspapers in the window of the stationary shop
Stephen Ross
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ConradJosephThe PartnerUK
The Sagamore gone ashore early hours of Sunday, and so the newspaper men had time to put in some of their work. Columns of it. Lifeboat out twice. Captain and crew remain by the ship. Tugs summoned to assist. If the weather improves, this well-known fine ship may yet be saved . . . You know the way these chaps put it . . . Mrs. Harry there on her way to catch a train from Cannon Street. Got an hour to wait.
John Peters
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Conrad; FordJoseph; Ford Madox The InheritorsUKAndrew Shail
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Dean HowellsWilliamHazard of New Fortunes1890Basil March, EditorLinda Simon
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DelafieldE. M.Diary of a Provincial Lady1932contains frequent references to Time and TideCelia Marshik
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DickensMonicaMy Turn to Make the TeaWoman working in a newspaper officeEmily Ridge
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Dos PassosJohnManhatten TransferUSA
Quite a few examples of advertising; billboard with a man who shaves using Gillette razors
Anouk Lang
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Dos PassosJohn42nd ParallelUSAmultiple characters work in ad officePaul Ardoin
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FanteJohnAsk the Dust
Main character Bandini writes stories for magazines and has important correspondence relationship with with Menken-like editor named Hackmuth.
Chris McCormack
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FaulknerWilliamGo Down, MosesBarbara Ladd
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FaulknerWilliamLight inAugust
Joe Christmas reads a pulp magazine before murdering Miss Burden (in a scene that replicates the cover of the pulp).
David Earle
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FearingKennethThe Big Clock
modernist noir The Big Clock is entirely about employees of a massive publishing house (with its own intelligence service) which produces magazines (such as "Crimeways") and also books.
Len Gutkin
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FitzgeraldF. ScottMay DayShort StoryUSATakes place in a socialist newspaper officePaul Ardoin
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FitzgeraldF. ScottThe Great GatsbyUSA
Myrtle Wilson is described as having particular gossip mags. (See the scholar Sharon Hamilton on this.); David Earle: There is a reference to Town Tattler, which was Town Topics, a society gossip mag started by Col. D'Alton Mann, who also started The Smart Set; David Chinitz: After Gatsby's murder, a stream of "police and photographers and newspaper men" appear at his mansion. Earlier, Jordan reads to Tom from the Saturday Evening Post, and Myrtle buys Town Tattle and "a moving-picture magazine." (Other copies of Town Tattle are seen in her apartment.) I think there are a couple of other stray references to newspapers as well.
Joe Fruscione
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FordFord MadoxThe Good Soldier1915UK
littered references to daily papers, and has the following passage that represents Flroence as contaminated by popular women's weeklies: "she wasn't real; she was just a mass of talk out of guidebooks, of drawings out of fashion plates."
Georgia Clarkson Smith
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FordFord MadoxParade's EndUK
Sylvia frequently appears in gossip papers covering high society; MacMaster makes his reputation as a writer with literary reviews in high-end periodicals
Len Gutkin
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GerhardieWilliamDoom
Contains portrait of newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook
Emily Ridge
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GissingGeorgeNew Grub StreetUKBarbara Green
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GreeneGrahamBrighton Rock1938UKstarts with a newspaper treasure huntCelia Marshik
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H.D.Palimpsest
“The present, this badly drying, up-curling little grey print, the very-present, the picture already familiar to every reader of the Daily Mail in misty London. The very photograph, it seemed, that she had already boringly a hundred times turned from on the backs of other people’s newspapers on buses, or in the Metro” (191).
Celena Kusch
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HallRadclyffeThe Well of LonlinessUK
"She would pick up a copy of The Tatler or The Sketch, which Lady Massey received from England, and turning the pages would stare at the pictures of securely established, self-satisfied people-- Miss this or that sitting on a shooting stick, and beside her the man she would shortly marry, Lady so-and-so with her latest offspring; or perhaps some group at a country house" (368).
Katie Tanigawa
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HawkesJohnThe Lime Twig1961
prefaces each chapter, as I recall, with a running parodic commentary by Sidney Slyter, a sports writer
Claire Kahane
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HemingwayErnestThe Sun Also RisesUSAJake Barnes works for the newspaperAndrew Karas
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HemingwayErnestThe Garden of EdenUSAMain character, David, subscribes to clipping serviceKaren Leick
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HemingwayErnestTo Have and Have NotUSA
One of the drunken vets asks Richard Gordon, the writer character, if he ever published in "Western Stories, or War Aces? I could read that War Aces every day."
David Earle
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Hepworth DixonEllaThe Story of a Modern WomanBarbara Green
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HuxleyAldousAntic HayMuch discussion of Advertising
Jonathan Greenberg
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HuxleyAldousBrave New WorldMuch discussion of Advertising
Jonathan Greenberg
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JamesHenryThe BostoniansPatrick Collier
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JamesHenryThe PapersBarbara Green
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JamesHenryPortrait of a Lady1881Henrietta Stackpole, JournalistLinda Simon
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JamesHenryThe ReverberatorLen Gutkin
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JamesonStormCompany Parade
Contains portrait of newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook
Emily Ridge
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JordanElizabethThe Sturdy OakBarbara Green
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JoyceJamesUlysses1922Aeolus and Nausicaa
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KiplingRudyardThe Man Who Would Be KingAlex Davis
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MacaulayRosePotterismPatrick Collier
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MacaulayRoseKeeping up Appearances1928
the main character writes for newspapers--stuff like "What the Young Woman of Today Thinks
Celia Marshik
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MaughamSomersetCakes and Ale1930UKReviewingReviewing
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MillerHenryPlexuscopy of transition 21 lying on sofaCathryn Setz
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OrwellGeorgeKeep the Aspidistra Flying1936UK
The main character Gordon periodically publishes a poem in his friend's Marxist (?) review, The Antichrist (which is really a way for the rich editor to give charity to his poor friends).; Henry Mead: the socialist magazine 'Antichrist' is 'The Adelphi', and Ravelston is Richard Rees
Celia Marshik
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OrwellGeorgeComing Up for AirAshley Maher
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RhysJeanGood Morning MidnightHusband tries to get a job advertising teaBeth Brunton
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RobinsElizabethThe ConvertBarbara Green
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SchuylerGeorgeAt the Coffee HousePlay1925USAA guy reading the Dial in the Stage DirectionsLouise Kane
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SinclairMay
The Life and Death of Harriet Frean
References to the SpectatorBeth Brunton
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ToomerJeanCane
Halsey (who is a black Southerner) says, “I gets t thinkin. I used to subscribe t th Literary Digest an that helped a bit. But there werent nothing I could sink m teeth int.” Parts of “Kabnis” were published in the little magazine,Broom, so there’s an interplay between those who read Literary Digest and those who readBroom.
Eurie Dahn
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Van VechtenCarlNigger Heaven
Byron, the protagonist, is given what is meant to be sound literary advice by Russet Durwood, a magazine editor. See, Durwood is supposed to be H. L. Mencken; his magazine is called American Mars.
David Chinitz
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WaughEvelynVile Bodies1930UKGossip ColumnistsCelia Marshik
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WaughEvelynScoopUK
Contains portrait of newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook; William Boot, inspired by Bill Deedes
Barbara Green; Paul March-Russell
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WellsH. G.The Time MachineUK
- And if we're counting Wells as a modernist, the allusion to the New Review in the serialised version of The Time Machine (on the removal of which in the book version see Bernard Bergonzi, ‘The Publication of The Time Machine 1894-5’, Review of English Studies 11.41 (1960): 42-51, 50)
Andrew Shail
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WellsH. G. War of the WorldsUK
newspapers are mentioned explicitly and provide content for a whole chapter or so as London is evacuated (maybe directly after?)
Daniel Powell
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WeltyEudoraA Piece of NewsBarbara Ladd
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WestNathanielMiss Lonleyhearts1938US
Newspaper Columnist
In the story, Miss Lonelyhearts is an unnamed male newspaper columnist writing an advice column which the newspaper staff considers a joke. As Miss Lonelyhearts reads letters from desperate New Yorkers, he feels terribly burdened and falls into a cycle of deep depression,
Peter Lurie
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WestRebeccaThe Return of the Soldier
Kitty is compared to the cover of a magazine, perhaps Vanity Fair; Zuleika Dobson is toasted by the New York papers
Jonathan Greenberg
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WhartonEdithAge of Innocence1920USA
These may be obvious, but Ned Winsett from Age of Innocence is a journalist who has "devolved" to editing a women's weekly:
Georgia Clarkson Smith
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WoolfVirginiaJacob's Room1922UK
Winsett was not a journalist by choice. He was a pure man of letters, untimely born in a world that had no need of letters; but after publishing one volume of brief and exquisite literary appreciations, of which one hundred and twenty copies were sold, thirty given away, and the balance eventually destroyed by the publishers (as per contract) to make room for more marketable material, he had abandoned his real calling, and taken a sub-editorial job on a women's weekly, where fashion-plates and paper patterns alternated with New England love-stories and advertisements of temperance drinks.
Celia Marshik
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WoolfVirginiaOrlando1928UK
Orlando also briefly refers to reviews: Nicholas Greene offers to find a publisher for "The Oak Tree" and to introduce the work to reviewers at influential publications. Maybe Woolf writes about it a little because the Hogarth Press is downstairs when she's writing?
Celia Marshik
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WoolfVirginiaBetween the Acts1941UK
“For her generation, the newspaper was a book" Stuart N. Clarke has traced out the allusions to show that the headline revolves around a rape in Whitehall, if I’m remembering correctly.
Gayle Rogers
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WoolfViriginiaMrs. DallowayUK
Lady Bruton asks Richard Dalloway and Hugh Whitbread to help her write a letter to The Times suggesting a 'project for emigrating young people of both sexes born of respectable parents and setting them up with a fair prospect of doing well in Canada' (London:Penguin, 2000. p. 119 [notes by Elaine Showalter]) as 'a way of handling the massive unemployment of the period' (note 50, p. 223. Alex Zwerdling, Virginia Woolf and the Real World, University of California Press, 1986, p. 129). Their reading of and writing to The Times is indicative of a certain conservative, nationalist politics and British upper-middle class ideologies (Peter Walsh refers to Dalloway's 'public-spirited, British Empire, tariff-reform, governing-class spirit, p. 84) as opposed to the radical (or at least more Left-wing) fervour of the young Clarissa Dalloway, Sally Seton and Peter Walsh. Walsh also exaggerates Dalloway's conservative character: 'as if one couldn't know to a tittle what Richard thought by reading the Morning Post of a morning!' (p. 84 - Morning Post owned by Lady Bathurst, this was a publication of the extreme right which had published violent anti-Semitic propaganda in 1920. [note 42, p. 221]).
Amy Bromley
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WoolfVirginiaMrs. DallowayUK
"The white busts and little tables in the background covered with copies of the Tatler and syphons seemed to approve; seemed to indicate the flowing corn and the manor huoses of England...."(Woolf 18)*
Katie Tanigawa
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WoolfVirginiaThe Years1937UK
Sara tells North that she ALMOST got a job at a newspaper so she could earn some money, allowing her to move into a better apartment and avoid hearing "the jew" in the bath.
Karen Leick
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WrightRichard
Uncle Tom's Children ("Big Boy Leaves Home"
USA
protagonist imagine newspaper headlines written about himself resisting a white mob.
Joe Fruscione
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WrightRichardBlack BoyUSA
Wright confesses, "I read tattered, second hand copies of Flynn's Detective Weekly or theArgosy All-Story," and later he gets caught reading American Mercury at work as a dishwater.
David Earle
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YezierskaAnziaSalome of the TenementsThe protagonist works at The Ghetto News.Adam McKible
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