Taking a Closer Look at The Little Review

When selecting a journal to take a closer look at, I chose The Little Review Volume 4, Number 1. I chose this one for many reasons.  First, it was published in the middle of when The Little Review was booming and in great demand. Second, it marked the time when Ezra Pound accepted the post of Foreign Editor which lead to a shift in what was covered. I thought given the context and things going on in the world and with the journal, this would be a fascinating edition to cover. When it comes to the interface of books, every book is different to draw in their reader’s. I wanted to see what made this journal special and unique to draw in readers.  According to Amaranth Borsuk, “a good interface, according to human-centered design principles, is like Warde’s crystal goblet: a transparent vessel through which we access the information we want” (198).

© The Little Review 2019

The first thing I noticed when I was looking through the journal was the lack of color. There was only the color blue on the cover along with the color of the paper. I thought this was interesting and gave the journal a more professional look to it. It looked refined and orderly. I also noted that the text throughout the entire journal was all the same font and color. It looks like it could be Times New Roman, or a similar, standard font. This also goes along with the idea that this journal is professional and wants to be geared to a larger audience. There is a subtitle under the journal’s time which says, “literature, drama, music” this gives readers a clue of what to expect with this journal and also as a way to draw in newer audiences who may be interested in this subject material. There is also a table of contents on the cover which highlights the different articles and artwork as well as who wrote or produced them. This is expected for any sort of publication. 

When reading through the journal, I noticed some other key features that stood out, many of the poems or pieces from together on the same pages. Each piece doesn’t have their own separate page, but instead when one ends, another begins. I also noticed that there are advertisements found through the journal too. For example, on page 28, there is an advertisement for The Little Review Book Shop and what things they are selling there. There was also some artwork towards the back of the journal and overall, it was a small journal with only 30 pages. Most journals today are much larger. 

It was fascinating to take the time to analyze this journal and read it slowly, reading not only the pieces but also paying attention to the other details that make up the journal, from the font, colors, and format. I think people don’t always pay attention to all the details that goes into a journal, editors make every decision that go into putting a journal together. After this analysis, I have a much deeper appreciation for every decision that is made when it comes to making a journal. 

Work Cited

Borsuk, Amaranth. The Book.MIT Publishers 2018

1 thought on “Taking a Closer Look at The Little Review”

  1. I like that you gave some of the finer details such as spacing and font of the works. I personally find the cover to be compelling. The dark blue, darker yellow, and general format of the cover really give the publication a professional look.


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