"Areté" is an arts magazine, published three times a year, edited by the poet
Craig Raine. The magazine aims to give detailed coverage of theatre, fiction, and poetry, while also serving as a platform for new writing in all genres.
The magazine has published contributions by a wide range of authors, including
Ian McEwan, Patrick Marber, Tom Stoppard, and Julian Barnes. It has also promoted new authors such as Adam Thirlwell, Jeremy Noel-Tod, James Womack and Tom Welsford.
One of the publication's defining features is "Our Bold", in which the editorial team takes sloppy critics to task. The magazine prides itself on high editorial standards and on close and accurate reading where others appear to have read superficially. Unashamedly nostalgic for the informed critical discourse of magazines such as the "
Paris Review", it is strongly associated with New College, Oxford. The journal's trademark feather, or quill, which adorns its cover was created by the British artist Mark Alexander.
The journal's name is the Greek word for "virtue", and it is prefaced by a quotation from "Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture" by
:"The Greeks felt that areté was, above everything else, a power, an ability to do something. Strength and health are the areté of the body; cleverness and insight the areté of the mind."
* [http://www.aretemagazine.com "Areté" magazine]
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