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In this issue of The Atlantic Monthly, readers are treated to a varied collection of essays, poems, and stories that offer insight into the political and social climate of the time. From discussions on the Civil War and slavery to musings on literature and philosophy, this volume covers a wide range of topics with thoughtfulness and depth.

One standout piece is the essay on the Emancipation Proclamation, which provides a detailed analysis of this landmark document and its implications for the future of the nation. The author eloquently argues for the need to abolish slavery and offers a compelling case for the moral imperative of such a decision.

Additionally, the poetry featured in this issue is both beautiful and thought-provoking, with themes ranging from nature and love to the human experience and the mysteries of life. The poets showcased here demonstrate a mastery of language and a keen insight into the human condition, making for an engaging and enriching read.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, No. 67, May, 1863 is a compelling and insightful collection that offers a window into the complexities of the era. Readers interested in history, literature, and social issues will find much to appreciate in this volume.

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VOL. XI. MAY, 1863. NO. LXVII.



What Southey says of Cottle's shop is true of the little bookstore in a certain old town of New England, which I used to frequent years ago, and where I got my first peep into Chaucer, and Spenser, and Fuller, and Sir Thomas Browne, and other renowned old authors, from whom I now derive so much pleasure and solacement. 'Twas a place where sundry lovers of good books used to meet and descant eloquently and enthusiastically upon the merits and demerits of their favorite authors. I, then a young man, with a most praiseworthy desire of reading "books that are books," but with a most lamentable ignorance of even the names of the principal English authors, was both a pleased and a benefited listener to the conversations of these bookish men. Hawthorne says that to hear the old Inspector (whom he has immortalized in the quaint and genial introduction to the "Scarlet Letter") expatiate on fish, poultry, and butcher's meat, and the most eligible methods of preparing the same for the table, was as appetizing as a pickle or an oyster; and to hear these literary gourmands talk with such gusto of this writer's delightful style, or of that one's delicious humor, or t' other's brilliant wit and merciless satire, gave one a taste and a relish for the authors so lovingly and heartily commended... Continue reading book >>

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