"Forty years ago the Boston publisher, Phillips, with the assistance of that famous coterie of American writers that included Longfellow, Lowell, Emerson, Whittier, Holmes, Motley, Quincy, Parker, Cabot and Underwood launched The Atlantic Monthly. It was Holmes who named the magazine, and it was he, probably, more than any other, who assured its success... The prime object of The Atlantic was in the beginning and has continued to be the making of American literature, 'to hold literature above all other human interests. 'They wrought not only to bring out a magazine but to develop literary talent wherever it was found, by personal letters of praise and encouragement."
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