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Adler, Philip A. (ed.) / Wisconsin literary magazine
Volume XVII, Number 4 (January 1918)

P. A. A.; M. K.
[Editorial],   pp. [unnumbered]-86



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VOLUME XVII
PJaclison, January 1918
A     DETAILED reply to all the criticism that has
appeared recently against us would envolve us
in a political discussion which would be only a digres-
sion from our original literary aims, as The Wisconsin
Literary Magazine is a literary publication not a po-
litical. A detailed reply would be useless, since uni-
versity authorities who have studied the matter have no
doubts as to our loyalty; while critics of a certain type
cannot be appealed to through rational judgment.
To those of our opponents whose criticism was mo-
tivated by sincere purpose, and who consider our
national interests prior to any other interests, we may
say that they misunderstood us. Their criticism was
based on a signed editorial which unfortunately ap-
peared in last year's Lit. That editorial of last year
(written by a person who is no longer in the university)
does not represent the view of the staff of 1917-1918.
An unbiased examination of the material presented by
the members of the present staff would convince our
critics in our loyalty and sincere belief in the cause of
the war, even if our method of expressing our convic-
tions is somewhat different from their own.
To those of our critics who did not hesitate to quote
half sentences, single phrases isolated from their setting,
who made omissions in their quotations without indi-
cating them-with the obvious aim to misrepresent,-
to those critics we have nothing to say. We feel sorry
that such characters are to be found among our
students.
There is one objection raised against us by our
critics which we should like to examine.
"The Lit," they said, "is non-representative.  It is
d closed corporation, a self-selective, self-perpetuating
group which can lay no claim to represent the univer-
sity or even the smallest percentage of students."
One needs only to go through a single issue of the
"Lit" and check up the names of the contributors in
the Students' Directory to be convinced of the un-
justice of this accusation.  A superficial perusal of the
twelve issues of the Lit shows a list of more than sixty
contributors, all of whom are university men and
women. We find among our contributors such pro-
minent men in our national literature as Professor Mc-
Gilvary and Professor Leonard. Along with these
we find contributions by members of the Freshmen and
Sophomore classes. To maintain the Lit is non-repre-
sentative or shows any partiality is ridiculous. The
only bias that we have is against members of the fac-
ulty.  The temptation to accept a professor's contri-
bution in preference to that of a student is so great,
that we had to make it a rule to limit the faculty contri-
butions to a minimum, and to maintain the Lit as a
student's publication.
A difficulty which the staff has to face constantly
and which is apt to be misunderstood by outsiders lies
in the imitative genius of some contributors. Often
after publishing a successful story, essay, or poem we
receive a number of equally good "seconds" on the
same subject. It is needless to say that we cannot ac-
cept these in spite of their literary merits.
As for our "system of perpetuation," we select the
new editors from our contributors; and their contribu-
Number 4
CONTENTS
PAGE
Editorials ......................                85
The Long Journey ............... Esther Forbes   87
Back There ................ Clifford F. Gessler  89
Mist-of-the-Moon ................ Adelin Briggs  90
The Gypsy ................... Marjorie Kinnan    91
At Twenty-Seven ............... Jessica Colvin   92
The New Poetry, Part II ...Wm. Ellery Leonard    96
Bits from Her Diary ............. Mildred Evans 100
Fate's Favors .................... Mary Dupuy 101
Colossal Failures ........... Irving A. Puchner 102
Antiquities .................. Frances Dummer 104
The Book Shop ......................            106
Beyond ..          ..................... E. F.
Reflections in Miniature ............. E. L. M.
Correspondence       .        .        ......... 108


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