Small town publisher survives for over 75 years!
The Antioch Review Celebrates 75 Years
Publishing the Best Words in the Best Order
When one considers that the World Economic Forum* reported that the average life expectancy of a company is 50 years and Forbes** estimates that it is "about 10 years", a little literary magazine surviving 75 years—especially in the disrupted publishing industry—is a testament to steadfast ingenuity, staunch determination, and solid leadership.
Robert S. Fogarty has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Antioch Review since 1977. For the past 40 years, he has strategically navigated the Review through the choppy waters of change brought on by a tsunami of disruptive innovations in the publishing industry.
50th Anniversary Celebration of the Antioch Review (circa 1991)
From left to right: Judson Jerome, (Poet, Author, and Literary Critic)
Robert Fogarty (Editor of the Antioch Review since 1977)
Wayne Dodd (Editor “Ohio Review”), Susan Ludvigson (Poet)
And, in 1940, when a small group of Antioch College faculty met to discuss the founding of a review, times were no less turbulent. Faced with a world wherein fascism and communism were on the march, they sought to establish a political forum from which the voice of liberalism could be heard. In 1941, they launched the first number of the Antioch Review, and in their statement of purpose gave voice to their political and social concerns.
The 1941 Founding Editorial Board
Their first editorial began with:
It takes, perhaps, uncommon brashness to plunge into the intellectual struggle at a time which Max Lerner has so aptly described as that of “the breaking of nations.” When values are everywhere toppling in the high winds of conflicting dogmas, there are those who would seek refuge in a quiet cloister or an ivory tower. Such an escape is not unattractive; it is impossible. No intellectual, almost by definition, can be indifferent today to the social struggle or to the blackout of learning, literature, and the arts which accompanies defeat in that struggle. If the march of fascism has demonstrated nothing else it is that the scholar is not above society, but is inextricably intertwined in its meshes. The destruction of democracy commences with the erosion of the intellectual classes. (Read the entire 1941 editorial here: http://review.antiochcollege.org/antioch-review-home-page)
The Review’s audience was and continues to be made up of educated citizens, often professional people, who are interested in matters beyond their fields of special activity as well as the novice, many of whom will one day become respected experts like others who have penned pages or have been highlighted in the Review over the years.
Today, the Antioch Review celebrates 75 years of connecting literary writers to a culture of engaged readers. This is no small feat given that most companies died within a decade and many publishers have shuttered their doors. The Review attributes its continuing success to the hard work of numerous Antioch College faculty, staff, interns, and co-op students well as the support of its many readers, donors, and contributors—all of whom make it possible to continue to publish some of the finest fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in print today.
* See "What is the Life Expectancy of Your Company? https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/01/what-is-the-life-expectancy-of-your-company/
** See "This is how long your business will last, according to science" http://fortune.com/2015/04/02/this-is-how-long-your-business-will-last-according-to-science/