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About Granta Magazine

Granta magazine was founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University as The Granta, a periodical of student politics, student badinage and student literary enterprise, named after the river that runs through the town. In this original incarnation it had a long and distinguished history, publishing the early work of many writers who later became well known, including A. A. Milne, Michael Frayn, Stevie Smith, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.

Since 1979, the year of its rebirth, Granta has published many of the world’s finest writers tackling some of the world’s most important subjects, from intimate human experiences to the large public and political events that have shaped our lives. Its contributors have included Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Saul Bellow, Fatima Bhutto, Roberto Bolaño, A.S. Byatt, Anne Carson, Raymond Carver, Angela Carter, Bruce Chatwin, Edwidge Danticat, Lydia Davis, James Fenton, Richard Ford, Mavis Gallant, A.M. Homes, Gabriel García Márquez, Martha Gellhorn, Nadine Gordimer, Kazuo Ishiguro, Milan Kundera, Doris Lessing, Ian McEwan, Lorrie Moore, Haruki Murakami, Adrienne Rich, Salman Rushdie, Karen Russell, Zadie Smith, George Steiner, Edmund White, Joy Williams, Jeanette Winterson and Tobias Wolff.

Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story, both in fiction and non-fiction, and the story’s supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real. As the Observer wrote of Granta: ‘In its blend of memoirs and photojournalism, and in its championing of contemporary realist fiction, Granta has its face pressed firmly against the window, determined to witness the world.’

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