Athenaeum, The [REVISED AND EXPANDED] By Gasston, Aimee
The Athenaeum, ‘A Journal of Literature, Science, and the Arts’, was published weekly in London between 1828 and 1921. John Middleton Murry was its final editor. He was appointed in February 1919 and recruited Aldous Huxley as his assistant. The magazine was owned by the Joseph Rowntree Social Services Trust, having previously run into financial difficulties, but Murry was given a free editorial rein. George Bernard Shaw lived above The Athenaeum’s office at 10 Adelphi Terrace, London WC2, and came to congratulate Murry on his achievements as editor. Katherine Mansfield, who was married to Murry, also provided the magazine with editorial direction that was not formally recognised. The couple owned a cat which shared its name with the publication.