[ed. ANDERSON, Margaret and HEAP, Jane]

The Little Review

New York: 1929

Small 4to, pp. 110. Original stiff paper wrappers, printed in orange and black. Outsize wrappers a little creased, spine gum separated from text block, 1cm chip to foot of spine.

First edition.

Founded in 1914 by Margaret Anderson, The Little Review became the house journal of Modernism. Its publication of extracts from Ulysses from May 1918 onwards resulted in a trial for obscenity which threatened its existence but ultimately -- as was often the way with obscenity trials -- cemented its reputation. In this, the final issue, Anderson and Jane Heap (who became the magazine's editor in 1925) invited writers and artists to complete a questionnaire designed to throw light on their creative process. Many of those invited to participate found the questions dull and unimaginative: 'What is your attitude toward art today?'; 'What things do you really like?' 'What is your world view?'. (Tristan Tzara replied to all ten questions with a question of his own: 'What the fuck are you doing?'.) But this is a historic little item nonetheless, bringing together in one volume sixty-two of the leading artists, writers and philosophers of the time, many accompanied by contemporary photographic portraits, adding quite a frisson to the roster.

A poorly made object, surviving issues of The Little Review are scarce.

Keywords: Margaret ANDERSON Jane HEAP"

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