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Partisan Review Now Digitized for Your Reading Pleasure

By Harriet Staff

Partisan Review

And what pleasure it is! Thanks to Hyperallergic for letting us know that the past 70 years of the Partisan Review are fully digitized and available for public reading through the Boston University's Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. Mostafa Heddaya reports:

The archives of Partisan Review, the totemic 20th-century journal of politics and the arts, have finally been fully digitized. Hosted at Boston University, which kept the magazine afloat in its last two decades, Partisan Review‘s complete digitization was recently announced by the university’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, under whose auspices the project was undertaken. (Before the move to BU in 1978, the publication was based at Rutgers, where editor William Phillips took up shop as faculty in 1963.)

In art, Partisan Review is perhaps best known as the publisher of Clement Greenberg, who contributed over 30 articles from 1939 to 1981, most notably his Summer 1939 essay entitled “Avant-Garde and Kitsch.” (Greenberg even made a posthumous appearance in the Spring 1999 issue.) Beyond Greenberg’s voluble legacy we encounter such landmark texts as Dwight Macdonald’s “Masscult and Midcult,” from the Spring 1960 issue, and Susan Sontag’s “Notes on ‘Camp’” from Winter 1964, as well as the seminal popular-culture criticism of Robert Warshow (his essay on the Krazy Kat comic strip in the November-December 1946 issue is especially great) and the work of Hilton Kramer, the conservative iconoclast who went on to found The New Criterion.

All that and 70 years worth of poetry! Go now and dig through the archive!

Originally Published: March 5th, 2014