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Encyclopedia > St. Nicholas Magazine

The St. Nicholas Magazine was a popular American children's magazine, published by Scribner's beginning in November 1873, and designed for children five to eighteen. For editor it had Mary Mapes Dodge—remembered for Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates. Its major competitor in its field was The Youth's Companion which had been published since 1827. In Dodge's fresh approach to children's entertainment there was no heavy-handed moralizing. Her editorial policy was set out: Charles Scribners Sons is a publisher that was founded in 1846 at the Brick Church Chapel on New Yorks Park Row. ... For other uses, see November (disambiguation). ... 1873 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates is a novel by Mary Mapes Dodge, first published in 1865. ... 1827 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...

"To give clean, genuine fun to children of all ages.
To give them examples of the finest types of boyhood and girlhood.
To inspire them with an appreciation of fine pictorial art.
To cultivate the imagination in profitable directions.
To foster a love of country, home, nature, truth, beauty, and sincerity.
To prepare boys and girls for life as it is.
To stimulate their ambitions--but along normally progressive lines.
To keep pace with a fast-moving world in all its activities.
To give reading matter which every parent may pass to his children unhesitatingly." [1]

In 1881 Charles Scribner's Sons reorganized, withdawing its share of ownership and the Century Company, with Roswell Smith as president, took over the publication of St. Nicholas and Scribner's Monthly (renamed The Century Magazine).


From the outset St. Nicholas Magazine published work of the best contemporary illuistrators: Charles Dana Gibson, Arthur Rackham and Howard Pyle, all contributed to St. Nicholas and later, Norman Rockwell. Charles Dana Gibson (September 14, 1867 _ December 23, 1944) was an American graphic artist, noted for his creation of one of the first pin-up girls, the Gibson Girl. Woman Jurors by Charles Dana Gibson, 1902 He was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. ... An illustration from Alices Adventures in Wonderland Arthur Rackham (September 19, 1867 – September 6, 1939) was a prolific British book illustrator. ... Howard Pyle (March 5, 1853-November 9, 1911) was an American illustrator and writer, primarily of books for young audiences. ... Norman Rockwell Norman Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978) was an early 20th century American painter. ...


Many children's classics were first serialized in St. Nicholas Magazine. Its first runaway hit was with "Little Lord Fauntleroy". Little Lord Fauntleroy is a novel by American (English-born) author Frances Hodgson Burnett, published in 1886. ...


The magazine changed decorously with the times, but ceased publication in November 1941. For other uses, see November (disambiguation). ... 1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Most people who know of the magazine at all, know it through Henry Steele Commager's two editions of St. Nicholas Anthology, in 1948 and 1950. Henry Steele Commager (October 25, 1902 - March 2, 1998) was a noted American historian who wrote (or edited) over forty books and over 700 journalistic essays and reviews, and taught at New York University, Columbia, and Amherst College. ... 1948 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1950 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...


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