The Atlantic (formerly known as The Atlantic Monthly) is an American online website and magazine (now published 10 times a year) which was founded in Boston by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1857. Initially created for literary and cultural commentary, it is now widely regarded as a right-wing political editorial magazine with sections on other topics such as culture and economy. It is owned by multimillionaire David G. Bradley's Atlantic Media Company and edited by James Bennet.
The Atlantic was purchased in 1999 by David Bradley from Mortimer Zuckerman. Bradley made Michael Kelly (who was also running one of Bradley's DC speciality publications) his first editor. Kelly was the previous editor of Martin Peretz's The New Republic but was fired after clashing with Peretz. Kelly's reputation was seriously tarnished by the fact that one of the journalists Kelly helped develop, Stephen Glass, had fabricated stories under his watch.. A supporter of the US-led invasion of Iraq, Kelly was killed there while embedded with US troops in 2003. He had already vacated his position as The Atlantic's editor in 2002. Kelly was replaced by former New York Times reporter James Bennet in 2003 after a long vetting process which Bradley initiated in 2002.. After previously having vowed not to, Bradley moved the magazine from Boston to Washington D.C. in 2005, an act which was also accompanied by a staff makeover..
- Robert Manning, 1966–1980
- William Whitworth, 1980–1999
- Michael Kelly, 1999–2003
- Cullen Murphy, interim editor, never named editor-in-chief, 2003–2006
- James Bennet, 2006–
- The Atlantic Online
- A History of The Atlantic
- Atlantic archival writings by topic
- Online archive of Atlantic (earliest issues up to December 1901)
- The American Idea: The Best of The Atlantic Monthly
- The Atlantic issues at Project Gutenberg
- Carl Swanson, 'New Atlantic Guy David Bradley Joins Magazine Big Shots', The New York Observer, 3 October 1999
- Katharine Q. Seeyle, The Atlantic Picks Writer at The Times as Its Editor, The New York Times, 2 March 2006
- Marcia Davis, 'Atlantic Monthly to Move Down the Coast to D.C.', Washington Post, 15 April 2005.