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July 2024
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In the long generation from its first issue until this winter day in 1983, the February/March issue of A MERICAN H ERITAGE surely must be the finest, most nearly perfect of them all. For variety, literary excellence, the scope and scale of learning offered, the pleasure of reading, the graphics, the design—all, it seems to me, have come together in a memorable treasure of publishing. The work of that forgotten photographer and his San Francisco earthquake photographs; the essay on the Ouija boards of my childhood; the unbelievable but authentic manuscript of one family’s odyssey in Kansas in the 187Os; Jacques Barzun’s essay on William James; those touching paintings of artists in their studios, and all the rest left me enthralled, impressed, and nearly stunned with appreciation for this masterpiece of periodical production.

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