Great American Literary Magazines ‘The Paris Review’ Has Outlasted

It’s probably safe to say that if Charlie Rose invites you to come on his show to talk about your literary magazine, you’re doing things right. Established in 1953 by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton, The Paris Review — which has been around for 60 years, and whose editor Lorin Stein (along with contributors James Salter, Mona Simpson, and John Jeremiah Sullivan) appeared to discuss the magazine with Rose earlier this week — is the preeminent literary journal in the English language, and stands shoulder to shoulder with institutions like The New Yorker and Harper’s.


Six continuous decades of publishing work by and interviewing just about every important author since the 1950s is really no easy feat. To put its legacy in perspective, we present to you this list of influential literary magazines The Paris Review has outlasted.