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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866   By:

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The August 1866 issue of The Atlantic Monthly is a rich collection of diverse and thought-provoking essays, stories, and poems. One standout piece is "The Other Side of War" by Louisa May Alcott, which offers a poignant and deeply moving look at the human cost of conflict. The issue also includes lively and engaging travel writing, scientific articles, and reviews of contemporary literature. Overall, this issue showcases the high caliber of writing and diversity of topics that readers have come to expect from The Atlantic Monthly. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the literary and intellectual landscape of the mid-19th century.

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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.


The strictly professional man may have overcome his natural aversion to some of the most interesting objects of his study, such as snakes, and toads, and spiders, and vermin of all kinds; but people in general have always required that any attempt to force such abominations upon their notice should be preceded by a more or less elaborate and humble acknowledgment of their hideous aspect, their ferocious disposition, their dark and bloody deeds, and the utter impossibility of their conducing in any way to human comfort and convenience.

But, while admitting the truth of much that has been thus urged against spiders as a class, I must decline, or at least defer, conforming to custom in speaking of the particular variety which we are about to consider, and I believe that it will need only a glance at the insect and its silk, and a brief notice of its habits, to justify my indisposition to follow the usual routine... Continue reading book >>

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