Writers and editors on their favorite stories from our 157 years.
In a 1933 Atlantic article, the novelist shared her elaborate, self-aware approach to writing.
In the 1930s, few Americans proposed with the precious stone. Then everything changed.
A century after being ridiculed in a 1911 Atlantic article, haute couture has evolved from pretty clothes into a powerful voice of our times.
After the Civil War, the men who framed the Constitution gradually rose to become the Ghosts of Democracy Past: courageous, learned, and super-judgey.
In the 1981 Atlantic short story, a man can’t understand a social gathering until his wife reenacts it for him later in the evening.
In her 1932 Atlantic article, "Put Your Husband in the Kitchen," the writer mocks people who have lost sight of the purpose of work—men, mostly.
In 1906, just as today, people loved the American metropolis less for its beauty than its vibrant energy.
In 1859, The Atlantic published an essay asking a simple—and very, very complicated—question.
A tone-deaf Atlantic article from 1939 serves as a cautionary tale today.
Marvel at his style, but don't imitate it.
After the Battle of Antietam, Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote a gripping story about his search for his wounded son. But one of the most memorable lines had nothing to do with the Civil War.
In 1955, the mayor of Philadelphia complained that elected office didn't attract America's best minds. His diagnosis and solutions still seem relevant today.
Before The Bell Jar and The Feminine Mystique, another young Smith College grad had some sharp words for the cookie-cutter lives American women were expected to lead.