The Dial

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The Dial was an American magazine published intermittently from 1840 to 1929. In its first form, from 1840 to 1844, it served as the chief publication of the Transcendentalists. In the 1880s it was revived as a political magazine. From 1920 to 1929 it was an influential outlet for Modernist literature in English.

Transcendentalist journal

Members of the Hedge Club began talks for creating a vehicle for their essays and reviews in philosophy and religion in October 1839.Gura, Philip F. American Transcendentalism: A History. New York: Hill and Wang, 2007: 128. ISBN 978-0-8090-3477-2 Other influential journals, including the North American Review and the Christian Examiner refused to accept their work for publication.Slater, Abby. In Search of Margaret Fuller. New York: Delacorte Press, 1978: 51. ISBN 978-0-440-03944-0 Orestes Brownson proposed utilizing his recently-established periodical Boston Quarterly Review but members of the club decided a new publication was a better solution.Von Mehren, Joan. Minerva and the Muse: A Life of Margaret Fuller. Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press, 1994: 120. ISBN 978-1-55849-015-4 Frederick Henry Hedge, Theodore Parker, and Ralph Waldo Emerson were originally considered for the editor role. On October 20, 1839, Margaret Fuller officially accepted the editorship, though she was unable to begin...
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