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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 60, October, 1862   By:

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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 60, October, 1862 offers a diverse range of thought-provoking essays, stories, and poetry that captivate the reader's attention from start to finish. The writers of this issue showcase their talent through their insightful perspectives on a variety of topics, including politics, culture, and social issues of the time. The publication provides a valuable glimpse into the mindset of individuals living during the Civil War era, shedding light on the complexities and nuances of the period. Overall, this issue of The Atlantic Monthly is a must-read for anyone interested in history, literature, and thought-provoking ideas.

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VOL. X. OCTOBER, 1862. NO. LX.



Europeans coming to America are surprised by the brilliancy of our autumnal foliage. There is no account of such a phenomenon in English poetry, because the trees acquire but few bright colors there. The most that Thomson says on this subject in his "Autumn" is contained in the lines,

"But see the fading many colored woods, Shade deepening over shade, the country round Imbrown; a crowded umbrage, dusk and dun, Of every hue, from wan declining green to sooty dark":

and in the line in which he speaks of

"Autumn beaming o'er the yellow woods."

The autumnal change of our woods has not made a deep impression on our own literature yet. October has hardly tinged our poetry.

A great many, who have spent their lives in cities, and have never chanced to come into the country at this season, have never seen this, the flower, or rather the ripe fruit, of the year. I remember riding with one such citizen, who, though a fortnight too late for the most brilliant tints, was taken by surprise, and would not believe that there had been any brighter. He had never heard of this phenomenon before. Not only many in our towns have never witnessed it, but it is scarcely remembered by the majority from year to year... Continue reading book >>

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