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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 30, April, 1860   By:

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In this issue of The Atlantic Monthly, readers will find a diverse collection of essays, stories, and poems that capture the spirit of the time. From thought-provoking political commentary to engaging works of fiction, this volume offers something for everyone.

One standout piece in this issue is a fascinating essay that delves into the growing tensions over slavery in America. Written with clarity and insight, the author presents a compelling argument for the abolition of this institution and sheds light on the moral implications of continuing to uphold it.

Another highlight is a poignant short story that explores themes of love, loss, and redemption. The author's lyrical prose draws readers in, evoking a range of emotions as they follow the journey of the main characters. The story's unexpected twists and turns keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 30, April, 1860 is a captivating read that showcases the talents of a diverse group of writers. It is a testament to the power of literature to provoke thought, spark conversation, and inspire change. Whether you are interested in history, politics, or simply enjoy a well-crafted story, this volume has something for everyone.

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VOL. V. APRIL, 1860 NO. XXX.


The fatal mistake of many inquirers concerning the line of beauty has been, that they have sought in that which is outward for that which is within. Beauty, perceived only by the mind, and, so far as we have any direct proof, perceived by man alone of all the animals, must be an expression of intelligence, the work of mind. It cannot spring from anything purely accidental; it does not arise from material, but from spiritual forces. That the outline of a figure, and its surface, are capable of expressing the emotions of the mind is manifest from the art of the sculptor, which represents in cold, colorless marble the varied expressions of living faces, or from the art of the engraver, who, by simple outlines, can soothe you with a swelling lowland landscape, or brace you with the cool air of the mountains.

Now the highest beauty is doubtless that which expresses the noblest emotion. A face that shines, like that of Moses, from communion with the Highest, is more truly beautiful than the most faultless features without moral expression. But there is a beauty which does not reveal emotion, but only thought, a beauty which consists simply in the form, and which is admired for its form alone... Continue reading book >>

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