Salmagundi (periodical)

Salmagundi (periodical)

Infobox Book |
name = "Salmagundi"
title_orig = "Salmagundi; or The Whim-whams and Opinions of Launcelot Langstaff, Esq. & Others"
translator =


image_caption =
author = Washington Irving
(with James Kirke Paulding and William Irving, Jr.)
illustrator =
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country = United States
language = English
series =
genre = Satire
publisher = David Longworth
(New York)
release_date = 1807-1808
english_release_date =
media_type = Print (Periodical)
pages =
isbn = ISBN 978-0-94045014-1 (reprint)
preceded_by = "Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle"
followed_by = "A History of New York"

"Salmagundi; or The Whim-whams and Opinions of Launcelot Langstaff, Esq. & Others", commonly referred to as "Salmagundi", was a 19th century satirical periodical created and written by American writer Washington Irving. Written in collaboration with Irving's oldest brother, William, and James Kirke Paulding, Irving produced twenty issues at irregular intervals between January 24, 1807 and January 15, 1808.

"Salmagundi" lampooned New York culture and politics in a manner much like today's Mad magazine. [Jones, 82.] It was in the November 11, 1807 issue that Irving first attached the name "Gotham" to New York City. [Burrows, Edwin G. and Mike Wallace. "Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898". (Oxford University Press, 1999), 417.]

Irving and his collaborators published the periodical using a wide variety of pseudonyms, including Will Wizard, Launcelot Langstaff, Pindar Cockloft, and Mustapha Rub-a-Dub Keli Khan. Irving and Paulding discontinued "Salmagundi" in January 1808, following a disagreement with publisher David Longworth over profits.

References

* Irving, Washington. "Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle, Gent./Salmagundi." "The Complete Works of Washington Irving", Volume 6. Edited by Bruce Granger & Martha Hartzog. (Twayne, 1977) ISBN 0-8057-8509-4
* Jones, Brian Jay. "Washington Irving: An American Original". (Arcade, 2008) ISBN 978-1-55970-836-4

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