Certain people always seems to be in the middle of what's happening during important times in literature. In the 1890s, Arthur Symons was often the first to champion anyone who would go on to be Someone in the world of serious literature. Cyril Connolly's Horizon magazine always collected the best and brightest of the 1940s, and man-of-letters Ian Hamilton created several of the great small literary magazines of the mid-20th century. The pages of the publications that saw his editorship always featured a solid showing of literary greats, often in their very early days. There are amusing accounts of the various rises and falls of Hamilton's publications, along with a lovely covers archive here.

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