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The Atlantic
The Atlantic Logo 11.2019.svg
Area of ​​Expertise Literature, (foreign) politics
language English
publishing company Atlantic Media (United States of America)
Headquarters Washington, DC
First edition November 1, 1857
founder Ralph Waldo Emerson , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow , Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , James Russell Lowell, and others. a.
Frequency of publication ten times a year
Sold edition 425,000 copies
Editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg
editor Hayley Romer
ISSN (print)
ISSN (online)
Logo until November 2019

The Atlantic (officially The Atlantic Monthly until 2007 , but also previously known as (The) Atlantic ) is an American magazine . It originally commented primarily on literary and cultural topics and now contains articles and commentaries on politics and foreign policy, as well as reviews .

Originally a monthly magazine, The Atlantic is now published ten times a year and has approximately 425,000 subscribers.


February 1862 issue of The Atlantic Monthly , with The Battle Hymn of the Republic on the front page.

The Atlantic Monthly in 1857 in Boston as a monthly magazine by a group of writers founded, including Ralph Waldo Emerson , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow , Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , and James Russell Lowell belonged.

Julia Ward Howe's Battle Hymn of the Republic first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly (February 11, 1862), as did William Parker's The Freedman's Story (February and March 1866). In August 1963, the magazine published the defense of civil disobedience by Martin Luther King, Jr. in his Letter from Birmingham Jail . The magazine was a connecting point between Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson - after reading an article by Higginson in the Atlantic , Dickinson asked him to be her mentor. The Atlantic Monthly has also published much of Mark Twain's work , including a text that was not published until 2001.

The magazine also published various speculative articles that inspired the development of novel technologies. The classic example is Vannevar Bush's essay As We May Think in July 1945, which inspired Ted Nelson and Douglas Engelbart to develop hypertext technology.

The Atlantic has always stood out among literary magazines for its special bond with New England , which distinguishes it from magazines like Harper’s and later The New Yorker , both of which are based in New York City .

Since the third year of its publication, the magazine has been published by Ticknor and Fields , which later became part of Houghton Mifflin . The magazine was bought by then editor Ellery Sedgwick during World War I , but stayed in Boston.

On September 27, 1999, another sale of the magazine was publicly announced, this time by Mort Zuckerman to David Bradley, the owner of Atlantic Media . Bradley visited the offices and vowed there would be no major changes, including a move to Washington DC

The magazine's editors announced in April 2005 that the editorial office would be relocating from its traditional headquarters at 77 North Washington St., Boston, to join the advertising and sales department in Washington, DC; this was justified with the high real estate prices in Boston. In August, Bradley told the New York Observer that the cost savings were only $ 200,000-300,000 and would be used up in severance payments. The reason for the move was therefore to bring the best minds from Bradley's publications together in one place where they could work together. Few of the Boston staff agreed to move, which allowed Bradley to start looking for new members of the editorial team. Also in 2005, The Atlantic announced that it would no longer publish short stories in the regular editions in the future and instead would publish an annual special issue.

After the magazine only appeared eleven times in 2001 (merging the July and August editions) and now only ten times a year, it was renamed from The Atlantic Monthly to The Atlantic at the end of 2007 . In July 2017, Emerson Collective, a Laurene Powell Jobs company , acquired a majority stake in Atlantic Media, the publisher of The Atlantic .


  • 1857-1861: James Russell Lowell
  • 1861–1871: James Thomas Fields
  • 1871-1881: William Dean Howells
  • 1881–1890: Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • 1890–1898: Horace Elisha Scudder
  • 1898–1899: Walter Hines Page
  • 1899-1909: Bliss Perry
  • 1909-1938: Ellery Sedgwick
  • 1938-1966: Edward A. Weeks
  • 1966–1980: Robert Manning
  • 1980-1999: William Whitworth
  • 1999-2003: Michael Kelly
  • 2003-2006: Cullen Murphy
  • since 2006: James Bennet

Web links

Commons : The Atlantic Monthly  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. No jobs at risk, Atlantic's new owner says . In: Boston Globe . September 20, 1999
  2. ^ Atlantic, 148-year institution, leaving city magazine of Twain, James, Howells heads to capital . In: Boston Globe . April 15, 2005
  3. Atlantic owner scours country for cinder-editor . In: New York Observer . August 29 - September 5, 2005
  4. Alex Kuczynski (May 7, 2001). MediaTalk. This summer, it's The Atlantic Not-Monthly. In: New York Times
    Keith J. Kelly (December 14, 2007). So what's the frequency at the atlantic? In: New York Post (both English; accessed October 30, 2008)
  5. Laurene Powell Jobs takes over "The Atlantic" - SPON. Retrieved July 29, 2017 .