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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 56, June, 1862 is a fascinating collection of essays, stories, and poems that provide a glimpse into the intellectual and cultural landscape of the mid-19th century. The diversity of topics covered in this volume is truly impressive, ranging from discussions on politics and society to explorations of nature and the human experience.

One of the standout pieces in this volume is an essay on the Civil War, written by a prominent figure of the time. The author's insights into the causes and consequences of the conflict are both thought-provoking and historically significant. Additionally, the inclusion of poetry and fiction adds a layer of depth and emotion to the collection, giving readers a well-rounded literary experience.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 56, June, 1862 is a must-read for anyone interested in 19th-century literature and culture. It offers a valuable perspective on a turbulent period in American history and showcases the talent and diversity of writers of the time.

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THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY.

A MAGAZINE OF LITERATURE, ART, AND POLITICS.

VOL. IX. JUNE, 1862. NO. LVI.

WALKING.

I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil, to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society. I wish to make an extreme statement, if so I may make an emphatic one, for there are enough champions of civilization: the minister, and the school committee, and every one of you will take care of that.

I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks, who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering : which word is beautifully derived "from idle people who roved about the country, in the Middle Ages, and asked charity, under pretence of going à la Sainte Terre ," to the Holy Land, till the children exclaimed, "There goes a Sainte Terrer " a Saunterer, a Holy Lander. They who never go to the Holy Land in their walks, as they pretend, are indeed mere idlers and vagabonds; but they who do go there are saunterers in the good sense, such as I mean. Some, however, would derive the word from sans terre , without land or a home, which, therefore, in the good sense, will mean, having no particular home, but equally at home everywhere... Continue reading book >>


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