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This collection depicts the burgeoning American literary movement and encapsulates the higher forms of literature and literary criticism. The works of many notable American writers can be found here, including early pieces by Washington Irving and Charles Brockden Brown. These periodicals and the authors who contributed to them catalyzed distinctly American literary movements that marked a sharp break from European literary traditions. 

Within this archive, researchers will find rich material that not only provides insight into a developing literary canon but a radically changing American society as a whole. Representative titles include The Knickerbocker, New York Magazine or Literary Repository, and The Monthly Anthology and Boston Review. Additionally, reprints of European titles are included to give scholars both a broader context and a perspective on residual European influences. Titles include New York editions of the Edinburgh Review or Critical Journal and The Quarterly Review.

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