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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, No. 63, January, 1863 is a collection of diverse and thought-provoking essays, stories, and poems that tackle a wide range of subjects. The writers featured in this volume showcase their talents and offer unique perspectives on issues of the day, making it a truly engaging read.

One standout piece in this volume is a poignant essay that delves into the complexities of human relationships and the impact of societal norms on personal choices. The author's keen observations and powerful prose make for a compelling read that will resonate with readers long after they have finished the piece.

Another highlight of this volume is a gripping short story that explores themes of love, loss, and redemption. The author's ability to create vivid and relatable characters, as well as a compelling plot, keeps the reader fully immersed in the story from beginning to end.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, No. 63, January, 1863 is a captivating collection that offers a rich tapestry of voices and perspectives. Whether you are interested in thought-provoking essays, engaging stories, or lyrical poetry, this volume has something for everyone. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy literature that challenges and inspires.

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THE

ATLANTIC MONTHLY.

A MAGAZINE OF

LITERATURE, ART, AND POLITICS.

VOL. XI. JANUARY, 1863. NO. LXIII.

HAPPIEST DAYS.

Long ago, when you were a little boy or a little girl, perhaps not so very long ago, either, were you never interrupted in your play by being called in to have your face washed, your hair combed, and your soiled apron exchanged for a clean one, preparatory to an introduction to Mrs. Smith, or Dr. Jones, or Aunt Judkins, your mother's early friend? And after being ushered in to that august presence, and made to face a battery of questions which were either above or below your capacity, and which you consequently despised as trash or resented as insult, did you not, as you were gleefully vanishing, hear a soft sigh breathed out upon the air, "Dear child, he is seeing his happiest days"? In the concrete, it was Mrs. Smith or Dr. Jones speaking of you. But going back to general principles, it was Commonplacedom expressing its opinion of childhood.

There never was a greater piece of absurdity in the world. I thought so when I was a child, and now I know it; and I desire here to brand it as at once a platitude and a falsehood. How ever the idea gained currency that childhood is the happiest period of life, I cannot conceive. How ever, once started, it kept afloat is equally incomprehensible... Continue reading book >>


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