- Encounter (magazine)
"Encounter" was a
literary magazine, founded in 1953by poet Stephen Spenderand early neoconservativeauthor, Irving Kristol, and published in England. The magazine ceased publication in 1990. It was a largely Anglo-American intellectual and cultural journal.
Spender was an editor until
1967, when he resigned. The cause of Spender's resignation was the revelation in 1967 of the covert CIAfunding of the magazine, of which he had heard rumors, but which he could not confirm. Thomas W. Braden, who headed CIA IOD's operations between 1951 to 1954, said that the money for the magazine "came from CIA, and few outside the CIA knew about it. We had placed one agent in a Europe-based organization of intellectuals called the Congress for Cultural Freedom. Another agent became an editor of "Encounter"." [cite news | title = Stephen Spender Quits Encounter | publisher = The New York Times | date = 1967-05-08] [cite news | title = I'm glad the CIA is 'immoral' | author = Thomas W. Braden | publisher = The Saturday Evening Post | date = 1967-05-20]
"Encounter" celebrated its greatest years in terms of readership and influence under
Melvin J. Lasky, who succeeded Kristol in 1958, and would serve as the main editor until the magazine closed its doors in 1991. Other editors in this period included Frank Kermodeand D. J. Enright.
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