The Knickerbocker

or New-York Monthly Magazine, January 1844, Volume 23, Number 1

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1844
Language: English
Wordcount: 64,249 / 188 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.1
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 519
Added to site: 2006.09.27 14670
Genre: Periodical

deep summer sky. To the right strutted forth the bold promontory of Antony's nose, with a solitary eagle wheeling about it; while beyond, mountain succeeded to mountain, until they seemed to lock their arms together, and confine this mighty river in their embraces. In the midst of his admiration, Dolph remarked a pile of bright snowy clouds peering above the western heights. It was succeeded by another and another, each seemingly pushing onward its predecessor, and towering with dazzling brilliancy in the deep blue atmosphere; and now muttering peals of thunder were faintly heard rolling behind the mountains. The river, hitherto still and glassy, reflecting pictures of the sky and land, now showed a dark ripple at a distance, as the breeze came creeping up it. The fish-hawks wheeled and screamed, and sought their nests on the high dry trees; the crows flew clamorously to the crevices of the rocks, and all nature seemed conscious of the approaching thunder gust. The clouds now rolled in volumes over the mounta


Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****

Surprisingly readable gentlemen's magazine from 1844. Articles include a great humor piece about the new wave of so-called country squires and a long story about a practical joke-playing jerk. Nice to know that we aren't the only generation getting punked. Each piece in the magazine is followed by a generally overblown poem. There is an editorial on the rights of women supposedly written by "a lady who, with a few others of her gentle sex, sat out the reading of the lecture upon the 'Rights of Women' by Mr. John Neal, at the Broadway Tabernacle last winter, and which was so heartily laughed at by the press and the town for a day or two after."

There are also several book reviews and two very interesting Letters To The Editor continuing a discussion of an article, "Mind and Instinct", from two previous issues about animal intelligence and the proposal by the writer that one should "abstain entirely from animal food". Modern readers will be surprised, I think, at what side the writers are overwhelmingly on when it comes to the question of whether animals are intelligent or not.

The only issues with this particular ebook is that it's difficult to tell where pieces begin and end, and almost no piece has a department heading above it to tell you whether it's a fictional story or a true article. Given the magazine's casual, gossipy tone, I would take the entire contents with a grain of salt.

I've quite enjoyed reading this and it's often surprised me to read what people were thinking about and dealing with in everyday life in 1844. Very illuminating. The language is fairly easy although some writers use what to modern ears will seem like twisted and tortured sentence structure. Very much worth a download!

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