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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866   By:

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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866 is a collection of essays, stories, and poems that offer a glimpse into the intellectual and cultural landscape of the mid-19th century. The writers featured in this issue cover a wide range of topics, from politics to literature to philosophy, providing readers with a comprehensive look at the issues of the day.

One standout essay in this volume is a piece on the Civil War, reflecting on the impact of the conflict and its aftermath on American society. The author’s insights are both thought-provoking and illuminating, offering a fresh perspective on a well-known historical event.

The fiction included in this issue is equally impressive, with stories that range from lighthearted romances to darkly humorous satires. Each piece is expertly crafted, drawing readers in with vivid characters and compelling plots.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866 is a captivating read that showcases the talents of some of the most talented writers of its time. Whether you are interested in history, literature, or simply enjoy a good story, this volume has something for everyone. Highly recommended for anyone looking to expand their literary horizons.

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A Magazine of Literature, Science, Art, and Politics.


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866, by TICKNOR AND FIELDS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

Transcriber's Note: Minor typos have been corrected and footnotes moved to the end of the article.


My brother Josiah I call a successful man, very successful, though only an attorney in a manufacturing town. But he fixed his goal, and reached it. He belongs to the ruling class, men with slow, measuring eyes and bull dog jaws, men who know their own capacity to an atom's weight, and who go through life with moderate, inflexible, unrepenting steps. He looks askance at me when I cross his path; he is in the great market making his way: I learned long ago that there was no place there for me. Yet I like to look in, out of the odd little corner into which I have been shoved, to look in at the great play, never beginning and never ending, of bargain and sale, for which all the world's but a stage; to see how men like my brother have been busy, since God blessed all things he had made, in dragging them down to the trade level, and stamping price marks on them. Josiah looks at me grimly, as I said... Continue reading book >>

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