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From 1849 to 1850, Calista Cummings edited and published Akron's first literary magazine, The Akron Offering. At the time, Akron was a booming canal town on the verge of even greater prosperity. By turns religious, comic, romantic, and political, this extraordinary collection of early midwestern creative literature expresses a wide range of sometimes contradictory opinions on both the important questions of its day and the important questions of today: historical events such as the California Gold Rush of 1849 and the 1848 revolutions in Europe are considered alongside more timeless contemplations on truth, justice, and beauty. Comprehensively annotated and explained, this unprecedented critical edition of the complete run of an antebellum literary magazine has much to offer those interested in the histories of Akron, of Ohio, of the American Midwest, and of American literature. These original magazines are very rare, and their contents are not available anywhere else.

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ISBN

978-1-935603-53-5

Publication Date

Spring 5-8-2013

Publisher

The University of Akron Press

City

Akron, Ohio

Keywords

akron offering, jon miller, literary magazines, women's studies, american literature, american literary history, american history

Disciplines

American Literature | American Material Culture | American Popular Culture | Appalachian Studies | Cultural History | Fiction | History of Christianity | Nonfiction | Poetry | United States History | Women's History | Women's Studies

 
 

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