1821-1939. Hardcover. Ex-library mix of buckram, cloth, 3/4 leather, and full leather. Volumes 12-45, 50-53, 59-61, 64, 66, 69-76, 79-83, 85-7, 89-94, 98-114, 124-220, 222-47 for the years 1821-1939. Volumes 12-45, 59-114, 149-55, 202-5, 222-47 in buckram. Volumes 50-3 in full leather. Volumes 133, 138-40, 142-3 in 3/4 leather. Volumes 124-132, 134-7, 141, 144-8, 156-220 in 3/4 cloth. Volumes 139-40, 142-3 spines taped. Books in good to very good condition. Item #124651
North American Review was the first literary magazine in the United States. It was founded in Boston in 1815 by journalist Nathan Hale and others. It was published continuously until 1940, but was inactive from 1940 to 1964, until it was revived at Cornell College (Iowa) under Robert Dana. Since 1968 the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls) has been home to the publication. NAR's first editor, William Tudor, and other founders had been members of Boston's Anthology Club, and launched North American Review to foster a genuine American culture. In its first few years NAR published poetry, fiction, and miscellaneous essays on a bimonthly schedule, but in 1820, it became a quarterly, with more focused contents intent on improving society and on elevating culture. NAR promoted the improvement of public education and administration, with reforms in secondary schools, sound professional training of doctors and lawyers, rehabilitation of prisoners at the state penitentiary, and government by educated experts.