Date of Publication:
July 1915 (1:1) – Dec. 1916 (3:26)
Place(s) of Publication:
Greenwich Village, NY
Frequency of Publication:
Approx. 16 pages per issue. Published essays, poems, short stories, short plays, reviews of theater, “The Monday Matinee” Section, “Children’s House” section, and small illustrations, many by Clara Tice. Cover page read: “Edited by Guido Bruno in his Garret on Washington Square.” Magazine title on first page followed by a poem, often a handwritten copy. Special sections included: “Books of the Week” (1:11); “In Our Village” (1:11); “Why and How I Got Married” (3:13); “Splitting the Ears of the Groundlings” (3:18). First advertisements appeared in December 1915.
5 cents per issue / $1 per year (1915)
5 cents per issue / $2 per year (1916)
Libraries with Complete Original Issues:
Library of Congress; Columbia University; Brown University
PDFs available via Princeton University’s Blue Mountain Project
Ann Arbor, Michigan: UMI, 2004 (Little Magazines. American 1910 – 1919) [microform]
Founded by Guido Bruno in 1915, Bruno’s Weekly celebrated Greenwich Village and its people. It was edited from Bruno’s “garret, a Brownstone flat in Washington Square,” where he also published Bruno’s Chap Books, Greenwich Magazine, and other little magazines. The weekly issues contained local news and gossip as well as poetry, short stories and artwork by local artists.
Many articles were written in poetic prose that romanticized the Village, while others highlighted newcomers to the area. Alfred Kreymborg, Clara Tice, Djuna Barnes, Ilonka Karasz, and Guido Bruno himself were regular contributors. Published by Charles Edison, the magazine was a great supporter of the New York theatre scene, specifically the Thimble Theatre. As Edison was the owner of this theatre, the back cover typically listed the upcoming week’s performances.
Bruno’s Weekly issued no formal manifesto, but one issue offered a simple statement of purpose:
|“BRUNO’S WEEKLY: Published by Charles Edison, son of the inventor, and edited by Guido Bruno in his Garret on Washington Square. Pictures, Stories, Poetry, History, and Music With One Purpose Only:
TO PLEASE YOUR EYES AND EARS.
A weekly show you will applaud.”
Bruno’s Weekly 1:13 (Oct. 1915): 131.
Guido Bruno (1880 – 1942)
Editor: June 1915 – Dec. 1916
Guido Bruno was a significant figure in Greenwich Village, NY. From his garret in Washington Square, he published the little magazines Bruno’s Weekly, Bruno’s Chapbooks, and Greenwich Magazine. He is best known for the authors he published, including Alfred Kreymborg, Marianne Moore, George Bernard Shaw, Djuna Barnes, Oscar Wilde, Sadakichi Hartman, Alfred Douglas, and Richard Aldington. He also published the artwork of numerous well-known artists, such as Clara Tice and Ilonka Karasz. He was a regular contributor of articles, short stories, and translations for Bruno’s Weekly.
“The Cabaret Dancer” and numerous drawings
Articles, short stories, and translations
Poems and drawings
“Washington Square,” excerpts from Mushrooms
“The Just Man and I”
“In ‘Designing a Cloak to Cloak his Designs,’ You Wrested from Oblivion a Coat of Immortality for Your Own Use”
Many drawings between July 1915 and December 1916
George Bernard Shaw
“On Going to Church”
“Impressions of America”
Bruno’s Weekly. 1916. Microfilm. Little Magazines, American, 1910 – 1919. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI, 2004. Reel 1.
Images. Blue Mountain Project. Princeton University. Web. 29 Jun 2016.
Wetzseon, Ross. Republic of Dreams: Greenwich Village, the American Bohemia, 1910-1960. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002.