Chronicles Magazine History

The Poet and the Plowman

Surprisingly often we talked about Vergil, usually about the Aeneid, but sometimes about the Georgics, and then with the wry sentimental fondness of old students who had been made, not quite willingly, to go to school to the poem.

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  • Perspective

    Fruitless Grain

    The great American story for at least 100 years has been a tale like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington or Hawthorne's "My Kinsman Major Molineux": the rube who comes to the city and loses his innocence.

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  • REVIEWS

    California Monologue

    Author of one previous history of the American West, Richard Batman has attempted in The Outer Coast to provide a history of foreigners in California from the founding of the first mission in 1769 until the attempted annexation of Monterey by a...

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