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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 40, February, 1861   By:

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In this issue of The Atlantic Monthly, readers are treated to a diverse collection of essays, stories, and poems that provide a fascinating glimpse into the world of the mid-19th century. From discussions on the political climate leading up to the Civil War to reflections on the beauty of nature, the variety of topics covered in this volume is sure to satisfy any reader.

One standout piece is the essay on the role of women in society, which challenges conventional notions of gender roles and calls for greater equality between the sexes. The author's impassioned plea for social reform is both thought-provoking and timely, making it a must-read for anyone interested in feminist history.

Another highlight of this issue is the short story that transports readers to a remote fishing village in New England, where the lives of the villagers are forever changed by a mysterious stranger. The author's vivid descriptions and keen insight into human nature make this a compelling and memorable read.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 40, February, 1861 is a captivating compilation of works that showcase the talent and creativity of the writers of the time. Whether you're interested in politics, social issues, or simply enjoy great storytelling, this volume has something for everyone. Highly recommended for fans of 19th-century literature and history.

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Among artists, William Page is a painter.

This proposition may seem, to the great public which has so long and so well known him and his works, somewhat unnecessary. There are few who are not familiar with his paintings. Whether these seem great or otherwise, whether the Venus be pure or gross, we may not here discuss; the public has, and will have, many estimates; yet on one point there is no difference of opinion, apparently. The world willingly calls him whose hand wrought these pictures a painter. It has done so as a matter of course; and we accept the title.

But perhaps the title comes to us from this man's studio, charged with a significance elevating it above the simply self evident, and rendering it worthy of the place we have given it as a germ proposition.

Not every one who uses pigments can say, "I also am a painter." To him who would make visible the ideal, there are presented the marble, the pencil, and the colors; and should he employ either of these, just in proportion to his obedience to the laws of each will he be a sculptor, a designer, or a painter; and the revelations in stone, in light and shade, or on canvas, shall be his witnesses forevermore, witnesses of him not only as an artist, in view of his relation to the ideal world, but as possessing a right to the especial title conferred by the means which he has chosen to be his interpreter... Continue reading book >>

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