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St. Nicholas Magazine was a prominent monthly children's periodical of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It published several works of fiction by L. Frank Baum.

Most notably, St. Nicholas was the venue for the first serial publication of Queen Zixi of Ix in 1904 and 1905. The magazine also printed Baum's short story "Juggerjook" in its December 1910 issue, and his "Aunt 'Phroney's Boy" two years later, in December 1912. (The latter was a rewritten version of Baum's story "Aunt Hulda's Good Time," originally published in October 1899.)

St. Nicholas was in existence from 1873 to 1941. It was edited by Mary Mapes Dodge (author of Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates) from its inception to her death in 1905. Writing in the magazine's inaugural year, Dodge complaining that children's magazines tended to be "milk-and-water" versions of adult periodicals, when magazines for children needed "to be stronger, truer, bolder, more uncompromising" than their adult counterparts.[1]

References

  1. Quoted in: Children's Literature: An Illustrated History, Peter Hunt, ed., New York, Oxford University Press, 1995; p. 230.

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