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"In writing the organized report of the findings an effort will be made, first, to present a historical sketch of the Review with background information explaining some of its whys and wherefores; secondly to introduce its editors, their work and accomplishment; and thirdly, to call the attention of the reader to the scope, magnitude, and performance of the Southern Review itself. In the course of examination of the journal some exercises in patience were performed; i. e., a listing of all contributors, the number of the contributions that each made and the volumes in which these contributions appeared; and a chart showing the contents of each volume; i. e., the number of the different types of essays included, and the number of poems, short stories, and book reviews published. These, as of possible interest to someone other than this writer, will appear in Appendix I and Table I, respectively"--Introduction.