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The journal transition was founded in 1927 by poet Eugene Jolas and his wife Maria McDonald along with editors Elliot Paul, Robert Sage & Stuart Gilbert, Caresse Crosby & Harry Crosby did some editing as well.

It was intended as an outlet for experimental writing and featured modernist, surrealist and other linguistically innovative writing as well as contributions by visual artists, critics and political activists. It ran until spring 1938. A total of 27 issues were produced.

Published quarterly, transition also featured Surrealist, Expressionist & Dada art. It became infamous with Jolas personalized manifesto in which he personally asked writers to sign "The Revolution of the Word Proclamation" in transition 16/17 1929. Literary signers were Kay Boyle, Whit Burnett, Hart Crane, Caresse Crosby, Harry Crosby, Martha Foley, Stuart Gilbert, A. L. Gillespie, Leigh Hoffman, Eugene Jolas, Elliot Paul, Douglas Rigby, Theo Rutra, Robert Sage, Harold J. Salemson, Laurence Vail.

Transition featured many early segments of Finnegans Wake by James Joyce. Including Maria Jolas' translation of various works, they published writings by Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Hart Crane, Samuel Beckett, Dylan Thomas, Robert McAlmon, Andre Gide, Philippe Soupault, Archibald McLeish Rainer Maria Rilke, Bryher, Laura Riding, Georg Trakl, Rhys Davies, Allen Tate, Andre Breton, Robert Desnos, Hans Arp, Robert Graves, William Carlos Williams, Malcolm Cowley, George Ribemont-Dessaignes, Franz Kafka, Morley Callaghan, Kathleen Cannell, Paul Bowles, Victor Llona and Man Ray, among others.





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