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In The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, No. 65, March, 1863, Various authors come together to provide readers with a diverse collection of essays, stories, and poems. The content covers a wide range of topics, from politics and social issues to literature and the arts.

One standout piece is an essay on the Civil War, providing readers with a unique perspective on the conflict that was tearing the country apart at that time. The authors offer insightful commentary on the causes and consequences of the war, shedding light on the complex issues at play during this tumultuous period in American history.

Additionally, the volume includes a number of poignant poems that beautifully capture the emotions and struggles of the era. These poems serve as a powerful reminder of the impact that war has on individuals and communities, and offer readers a glimpse into the human experience amidst the chaos of battle.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, No. 65, March, 1863 is a thought-provoking and engaging read that provides valuable insight into the events and themes of the time. It is a must-read for anyone interested in history, literature, or social commentary.

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VOL. XI. MARCH, 1863. NO. LXV.


Plutarch, when about to enter upon the crowded lives of Alexander and Caesar, declares his purpose and sets forth the true nature and province of biography in these words: "It must be borne in mind that my design is not to write histories, but lives. And the most glorious exploits do not always furnish us with the clearest discoveries of virtue or vice in men. Sometimes a matter of less moment, an expression or a jest, informs us better of their characters and inclinations than the most famous sieges, the greatest armaments, or the bloodiest battles whatsoever. Therefore, as portrait painters are more exact in the lines and features of the face, in which character is seen, than in the other parts of the body, so I must be allowed to give my more particular attention to the marks and indications of the souls of men, and while I endeavor by these to portray their lives, may be free to leave more weighty matters and great battles to be treated of by others."

That these general principles of biography are correct, and that Plutarch, by adhering to them, succeeded, beyond all others, in making his heroes realities, men of flesh and blood, whom we see and know like those about us, in whom we feel the warmest interest, and from whom we derive lessons of deep wisdom, as from our own experience, all this could best be shown by the enduring popularity of his "Lives," and the seal of approval set upon them by critics of the most opposite schools... Continue reading book >>

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