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A collection of articles from every year of The Atlantic’s history traces the evolution of the magazine, and of America.
In the pieces he wrote for The Atlantic, the late poet embraced the inevitability of aging and decline.
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Some of the most notable and enduring works from the magazine’s past come to life in a new series of videos.
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An Atlantic essay published in 1939 found its modern counterpart in a much-criticized Washington Post piece published in 2018.
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