The Function of the Little Magazine

"The Function of the Little Magazine." Introduction to The Partisan Reader: Ten Years of Partisan Review, 1933-1944: An Anthology. Edited by William Phillips and Philip Rahv. New York: The Dial Press, 1946.


The Partisan Reader may be thought of as an ambiguous monument. It commemorates a victory—Partisan Review has survived for a decade, and has survived with a vitality of which the evidence may be found in the book which marks the anniversary. Yet to celebrate the victory is to be at once aware of the larger circumstance of defeat in which it was gained.

Online: - published in The Liberal Imagination [pdf]