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Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country was a general and literary journal, which initially took a strong Tory line in politics. It was founded by Hugh Fraser and William Maginn in 1830 and loosely directed by Maginn (and later Francis Mahony) under the name Oliver Yorke until about 1840. In its early years the publisher James Fraser (no relation to Hugh) played a role in soliciting contributors and preparing the magazine for the press. After James Fraser's death in 1841 the magazine was acquired by George William Nickisson, and in 1847 by John William Parker. Its last notable editor was James Anthony Froude (1860-1874). Among the contributors were Robert Southey, Thomas Carlyle, William Makepeace Thackeray,Thomas Medwin, James Hogg, and John Stuart Mill. It circulated until 1882.

Further reading

  • Fisher, Judith Law, 'In the Present Famine of Anything Substantial": Fraser's "Portraits" and the Construction of Literary Celebrity; or, "Personality, Personality Is the Appetite of the Age"', Victorian Periodicals Review 39:2, Summer 2006, pp. 97-135
  • Thrall, Miriam. Rebellious Fraser's: Nol Yorke's Magazine in the Days of Maginn, Carlyle and Thackeray. New York: Columbia University Press, 1934.

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