A New Literary Broom

This 1921 article predicted potentially great things for the new literary magazine Broom. Its final issue was published less than two and a half years later, in January 1924.

There can be no doubt of the potentialities of Broom, the international magazine of the arts whose first issue, dated November, has just reached this side of the Atlantic Ocean from its headquarters [in Rome].

The future of Broom will be watched with interest. Its first number sharpens the appetite for more of the same kind. Its editors have much to learn, but, at the same time, it must be admitted that there is much that they have learned.

The title was chosen because the two co-founders wanted a one-syllable name. At 50 cents per copy or five dollars for a yearly subscription, the publication limped along for a few years. It was already facing financial trouble when the U.S. Postal Service refused to mail copies of their January 1924 issue because it contained the word “breasts” (seriously), and the publication was forced to shut down.

If interested, here’s the text of the short story Prince Llan: An Ethical Masque in Seven Parts, including a Prologue and a Coda by Kenneth Burke, which ruined the publication financially:

A New Literary Broom

Published: Sunday, October 30, 2021

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