Adam Ross at Watson House, the Sewanee Review’s new home
Adapted from Sewanee Today
On Jan. 31, the Sewanee Review — which was established in 1892 and is America’s longest-running literary quarterly — publishes its first issue under new editor Adam Ross on its newly designed website.
The redesigned print version will appear in mid-February. Among the familiar mix of short fiction, poetry, and essays, readers will find new features along with fresh and varied voices from both the national and international literary scene.
Ross was appointed editor in February to succeed George Core, who retired earlier this year after a record-breaking 43 years at the Review’s helm.
… The Review will publish its 500th issue in the fall of 2017. “Over the decades, many of the 20th century’s greatest literary artists and critics have written for the Sewanee Review,” said Hill. “So it can feel as if we’ve always been an ‘institution,’ as T.S. Eliot labeled us in 1952. But before we were old and established, we were young and energetic. In the issues to come, we will be again.”
With all the changes, however, some things will remain. Says Ross: “Literature, in both theory and practice, remains a religion here in Sewanee.”
During its first half-century the Sewanee Review was primarily an academic journal devoted to the humanities; since the editorship of Allen Tate in the 1940s, the quarterly has been literary and critical, publishing short fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews. Over the years it has notably published works by Flannery O’Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Cormac McCarthy, W.H. Auden, Saul Bellow, Wendell Berry, Billy Collins, James Dickey, William Faulkner, Shelby Foote, Thomas Kinsella, Robert Lowell, Marianne Moore, Joyce Carol Oates, Walker Percy, Sylvia Plath, Wallace Stevens, Dylan Thomas, Eudora Welty, and Richard Wilbur, among others.