In 1893, the Queen's Quarterly first appeared, having been founded by George Monro Grant, Sir Sandford Fleming, and John Watson, among others. Over the past century, the Quarterly has survived many a difficult time, manifesting what one of its former editors described as "the stubbornness of living things." The journal's commitment has always been to offer both the academic and the general reader a lively collection of analysis and reflection, in fields as diverse as international relations, science policy, literary criticism, travel writing, economics, religion, short fiction, and poetry.
Joyce Carol Oates, Sinclair Ross, Margaret Laurence, and W.O. Mitchell are among those who found a home in the Quarterly before eventually being recognized as major Canadian writers. And in more recent years the Quarterly has published the insights of such writers as Michael Ignatieff, Robert Fulford, and Mavis Gallant.
Early in his term, the Quarterly's present editor, Boris Castel, asked veteran designer Peter Dorn to update the journal's look. The result is a much more visually engaging layout, with more artwork and photography and a fresh, open appearance. The attractive new format fits well with the Quarterly's century-old commitment to creating a place for vigorous intellectual discussion outside the cloistered preserve of the specialist.
The Quarterly carries no advertising, aside from the occasional literary promotion, and so it relies on the support of the university, the Canada Council, and the Ontario Arts Council. Subscriptions have increased dramatically over the past ten years, underlining that the Queen's Quarterly's first priority must always be its readers.
As the editor recently told an interviewer, "We are always trying to satisfy the curiosity of the congenial reader, the general reader who wants to be both educated and entertained, a reader who appreciates an intellectual overview of the world. In many ways, I think what the Quarterly does is an extension of the university's mandate. It goes beyond the confines of the physical campus to take fresh, new ideas to our readers. I think there will always be a need for a reflective forum of this sort, one which gives priority to ideas."
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