Found on the front cover of the Boston- published bibelot The Cornhill Booklet of July 1901 is this advert for ‘HOMO, A Periodical for Men and the Women who look over their shoulders’. The advert tells us that the magazine was issued once a month at one dollar for the twelve numbers of the year and that the address in all cases was HOMO, BEVERLY, NEW JERSEY.
That’s it. The advert tells us nothing about the nature of this new venture—whether it was literary or otherwise—or who the contributors might be. The Net is quiet on the subject too, apart from informing us that the magazine lasted no more than a year, which speaks volumes, one supposes. So here’s a challenge to all in the Jotosphere. Would anyone who has seen a HOMO please report back to JOT 101 HQ with a full description of it? [The word did not have pejorative overtones at this stage, Partridge in his Dictionary of the Underworld dates its use as ‘homosexual’ from 1937.] RR
Found in a copy of the literary periodical Today for August 1919 is this advice for aspiring authors from its editor, Holbrook Jackson (pictured):
- Typewrite your copy or handwrite it clearly
- Write you name and address clearly on the back of last page of typescript or manuscript.
- Enclose not a loose stamp, but a stamped and addressed envelope
- Don’t write a letter of explanation to the Editor. But if you do write—
- Don’t tell him your stuff is good—he won’t take your word
- Don’t tell him it is bad —bad writing needs no bush
- Don’t tell him your friends like it—he doesn’t care
- Don’t say that another editor advised you to send it along—that would make him suspicious
- Don’t say you want to earn money by writing—he is not out to help you, but to edit his paper and pay those who help him.
If we hadn’t found this letter among a pile of other
manuscripts it is unlikely that anyone else would have written anything useful on
E.S.Littleton or his short-lived literary magazine, The Pantile Papers. Having said that, at least one book dealer has recorded
that this was a ‘very rare’ periodical. However, two examples are currently in
the market---one single issue priced at £120; the other a complete run for £350.
So perhaps it’s not so rare—but interesting at least.
According to a very brief notice in George Hull’s The Poets of Blackburn Edward
Littleton was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, the son of a minister. In
1877 he published a slim volume entitled Hamand
and other Poems and not long afterwards moved to Tunbridge Wells to set up
a new ‘Monthly Literary Magazine and Review ‘which he christened The Pantile Papers in honour of the
towns’s famous street, The Pantiles. Confusingly, the magazine’s editorial
address appears on our featured letter as 11, Stationer’s Hall Court, London EC,
which could suggest that Littleton felt an address in the City might attract
more contributors and readers.