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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 16, February, 1859   By:

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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 16, February, 1859 is a collection of essays, fiction, and poetry that provides a diverse range of perspectives on the social and political issues of the time. The writing is at times thought-provoking and insightful, offering readers a glimpse into the intellectual debates of the mid-19th century.

One of the standout features of this volume is the quality of the prose. The authors demonstrate a mastery of language, employing vivid imagery and evocative descriptions to bring their ideas to life. From the nuanced analysis of current events to the poignant reflections on human nature, each piece is crafted with care and precision.

Another strength of this volume is its thematic depth. The topics explored range from personal morality to national identity, offering a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of the era. Whether discussing the role of religion in society or the implications of industrialization, the authors engage with their subjects in a thoughtful and thought-provoking manner.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 16, February, 1859 is a rich and rewarding read for anyone interested in the intellectual history of the 19th century. Its diverse content and engaging writing style make it a valuable resource for scholars and casual readers alike.

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Paris smiled, for an hour or two, in the year 1801, when, amidst Napoleon's mighty projects for remodelling the religion and government of his empire, the ironical satirist, Sylvain Maréchal, thrust in his "Plan for a Law prohibiting the Alphabet to Women." Daring, keen, sarcastic, learned, the little tract retains to day so much of its pungency, that we can hardly wonder at the honest simplicity of the author's friend and biographer, Madame Gacon Dufour, who declared that he must be partially insane, and proceeded to prove herself so by replying to him. His proposed statute consists of eighty two clauses, and is fortified by a "whereas" of a hundred and thirteen weighty reasons. He exhausts the range of history to show the frightful results which have followed this taste of the fruit of the tree of knowledge; quotes the Encyclopédie, to prove that the woman who knows the alphabet has already lost a portion of her innocence; cites the opinion of Molière, that any female who has unhappily learned anything in this line should affect ignorance, when possible;... Continue reading book >>

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