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"Not to know what happened before
one was born is always to be a child."

Lapham's Quarterly embodies the belief that history is the root of all education, scientific and literary as well as political and economic. Each issue addresses a topic of current interest and concern—War, Religion, Money, Medicine, Nature, Crime—by bringing up to the microphone of the present the advice and counsel of the past. Valuable observations of the human character and predicament don't become obsolete.

The texts are drawn from authors on the order of Shakespeare, Aristotle, Tolstoy, Twain, Thucydides, Woolf, Dickens, Wharton, Gibbon, Keynes, Gandhi, Balzac, Austen, Thoreau, Didion, and De Gaulle. Abridged rather than paraphrased, none of the texts in the Quarterly runs to a length longer than seven pages, others no more that seven paragraphs. Together with the writing of the world's great thinkers, each issue offers full-color reproductions of paintings by the world's great painters. The connecting of the then with the now is augmented with the further evidence found in letters, speeches, diaries and photographs, in confessions voluntary and coerced, in five-act plays and three-part songs.

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Submissions Policy

Lapham’s Quarterly does not accept unsolicited original work, but we invite readers to send along interesting, topical, unusual, or enlightening historical documents and articles for use in the Quarterly or online. You may send texts from authors on the order of Anaïs Nin, Herodotus, or Theodore Roosevelt; alternatively, you also can send lost drafts of the U.S. Constitution, stray Confederate specie, or still-pending Barbary ransom demands to:

Lapham’s Quarterly
33 Irving Place, Eighth Floor
New York, N.Y. 10003

Documents easily submitted electronically may be sent to

Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your materials returned.

Letters to the Editor

In the spirit of creating open debate and dialogue, Lapham's Quarterly encourages readers to give voice to their opinions and ideas. Please address letters to the editor to with “Letter to the Editor” in the subject line. Alternatively, letters may be sent to the editors at:

Lapham’s Quarterly
33 Irving Place, Eighth Floor
New York, N.Y. 10003

Please note that while we cannot publish or respond to each letter individually, we will read and consider every one in a timely manner.

Internship Opportunities

Lapham’s Quarterly offers internships in its New York office. The internship requires a full-time commitment, five days a week. Each internship lasts between three and five months, affording interns the opportunity to participate in a full production schedule. Interns participate in every step of the production process, from suggesting, finding, and editing historical texts, writing for the website, fact-checking, proofreading, and permissions. Interns attend every editorial and board meeting and are essential and beloved members of the staff.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample to:

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Dates: November 22-February 17
Deadline: September 15

Spring Session
Dates: February 21-May 18
Deadline: January 7

Summer Session
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Deadline: March 15

Fall Session
Dates: August 21-November 16
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