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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter
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Chapter 2: old Cambridge in three literary epochs The literary epochs of New England may be said to have been three: the first issue of the North American Review (1815), that of the Dial (1840), and that of the Atlantic Monthly (1857). During each of these epochs a peculiarly important part was taken by Cambridge men. 1. the north American Review The North American Review, though preceded in Boston by the short-lived Massachusetts Magazine and the Monthly Anthology, yet achieved an
ssay on critics, by Margaret Fuller,--both these being in the first number,--and an essay in the second number called The art of life; the scholar's calling, by Hedge.
The latter has passages distinctly bearing on our literary future as seen from 1840:--
Hitherto our literature has been but an echo of other voices and climes.
Generally, in the history of nations, song has preceded science, and the feeling of a people has been sooner developed than its understanding.
With us this order has