Writers tremble to submit to the Sewanee Review, for fear that the editor may discover them in a solecism. For this reason, the bravest will send their work to Sewanee, finding editorial severity preferable to . . . perpetuated error. It is the most edited of American quarterlies.

    —Donald Hall

Take hold of the direct literary line to Flannery O’Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Hart Crane, Anne Sexton, Harry Crews, and Fred Chappell—not to mention Andre Dubus and Cormac McCarthy, whose first stories were published in the Sewanee Review and James Dickey, whose poetry was first published by us in 1951. At 122 years young, we are old school in the best way possible. We have been honored by time, and in return we strive to be traditional without being quaint and innovative without being mutinous.

The success of a magazine in America is judged by its survival. Published since 1892 by the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, the Sewanee Review has never missed an issue . . . so you be the judge . . . please! Take a look, or take another look, beneath the pale blue cover; we think you'll be surprised. In issues that cohere around broad themes like Southern letters, the literature of war, the modern Catholic novel, and the future of the printed word (to name a few), the editor has cultivated a distinguished group of writers whose work regularly appears in this storied publication, as well as a few talented newcomers in each issue. The Sewanee Review is unique in the field of letters for its rich tradition of excellence in poetry, fiction, and memoir, and for its dedication to straightforward, no-nonsense literary criticism.

From the Editor: George Core


From the Southern Review—"Lewis P. Simpson: The Critic As Editor" by George Core

From the Virginia Quarterly Review—"Quarterlies and the Future of Reading" by George Core

From Insight on the News—"Southern Comforts," a review of Eudora Welty: Complete Novels and Stories, Essays and Memoir by George Core

From Southern Excursions: Views on Southern Letters in My Time (edited by James Conrad McKinley)—"Buzzards and Dodos: George Core Talks with George Garrett About the Quarterlies"

From the Murfreesboro Post—"This Lytle Added Fame to Family Name" by Mike West

Books by the Editor:

Place in American Fiction: Excursions and Explorations
By Walter Sullivan
Edited by H. L. Weatherby and George Core

Sallies of the Mind
By Francis Fergusson and edited by John McCormick and George Core

The Critics Who Made Us: Essays from the Sewanee Review
Edited by George Core

Revelation and other Fiction from the Sewanee Review: A Centennial Anthology
Edited by George Core

Southern Tradition at Bay: A History of Postbellum Thought
By Richard M. Weaver, M. E. Bradford, and George Core

Katherine Anne Porter; A Critical Symposium
Edited by Lodwick Hartley and George Core

Southern Fiction Today: Renascence and Beyond
Edited by George Core

The War the Women Lived: Female Voices from the Confederate South
Edited by Walter Sullivan
Foreword by George Core
Reviewed by David Madden