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The Carleton Miscellany was a nationally acclaimed literary magazine published quarterly at Carleton College from 1960-1980. It was founded by Reed Whittemore who taught at Carleton from 1947-1966. The magazine was an intellectual successor to Furioso, a literary magazine cofounded by Whittemore and Jim Angleton while they were students at Yale and published privately from 1939-53. It became known for including a wide array of genres and its distinctive combination of social commentary and literate whimsy, as well as its trademark chimney sweep figure, later known as the "imp."
At its zenith, the Carleton Miscellany was on par with the Kenyon Review, attracting at least twelve authors who later went on to win a Pulitzer Prize. Among them were Richard Eberhart, Donald Justice, Carolyn Kizer, Maxine Kumin, R.W.B. Lewis, Howard Nemerov, Anne Sexton, Karl Shapiro, Mark Strand, Mona Van Duyn, C.K. Williams and Charles Wright.
Additionally, many Carleton faculty and staff also contributed work to the Miscellany. This co-mingling of works by established authors and Carleton faculty, as well as a wide variety of genres, was unusual in the world of literary magazines at the time, reflecting Whittemore's desire to cast a wide net and not be limited in terms of contributors.
Sadly, the Carleton Miscellany ceased publication with the Winter 1980 issue (v.12, no.3) due to financial straits. In 1985, an attempt was made to revive a "publication of a student/faculty magazine whose chief aim would be to show a cross section of the writing being done at the College." The result was the Carleton Magazine, published just once (v.1, no.1, Winter 1985) under the editorial direction of English Department faculty, Wayne Carver and Keith Harrison. That issue is included in this collection.
- Full List of Miscellany Contributors (in an alphabetical order with links to works)
- Carleton Faculty & Staff Involvement with the Miscellany
- About the Miscellany "Imp"
Michael Kowalewski is McBride Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Carleton College. He is a former Chair of the English Department and a former Director of the Program in American Studies. In 2005 Mike taught a course based on the Carleton Miscellany and hopes to bring out an anthology of selections from the Miscellany in the near future.
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