Recommended on all levels, particularly for those libraries with southern collections and journalism holdings. Choice
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Reviews This most readable book covers the field--historically geographically, and topically--exceedingly well. From The North Carolina Magazine of 1764 to Carolina Lifestyle of 1982, Riley assesses each magazine's purpose, audience, success/failure, and editorship, all the while quoting flavorable vignettes; it is the last that adds a regional charm to clear writing.... While this is obviously a reference book, it is also one that will provide much reading pleasure. Many libraries will pause over the price of the book, but those that can afford it will have a valuable resource. Recommended on all levels, particularly for those libraries with southern collections and journalism holdings.—Choice
About 90 of the best and worst literary and popular magazines published in the South (Confederate states and pre-Civil War Maryland) since 1764 are profiled. Alphabetically arranged essays are well-written, detailed, and frequently humorous; they include policies, bibliographies and publication history. Some titles (Foxfire, Southern Living) are current; others such as Bob Taylor's Magazine and Moonshine are from other eras entirely. This unique reference belongs in most mass communications and history collections, north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line.—Library Journal