= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

1898 / September | View All Issues |

September 1898

Article

499-521 PDF

Days in the Arctic·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.


Poetry

521 PDF

“Were but my spirit loosed upon the air”·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

522-539 PDF

Old Chester tales. Justice and the judge·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

539 PDF

Uplifting·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

540-545 PDF

The new fiscal policy of the United States·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

546-575 PDF

An angel in a web (chaps. I-VII)·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

576-587 PDF

Social life in the British army (first paper)·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

587 PDF

“Per domos ditis vacuas”·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

588-593 PDF

Sun-Down Leflare’s warm spot·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

594-605 PDF

The romance of a mad king·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

606-609 PDF

After all·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

609-618 PDF

Some thoughts on the policy of the United States·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

618 PDF

My rose·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

628-633 PDF

The one thing needful·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

634-647 PDF

The Turk at home·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The drawer

655-657 PDF

A poor rule·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The drawer

655-662 PDF

The drawer·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The drawer

657 PDF

The author and the train-boy·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The drawer

657 PDF

To the editor of any comic paper·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The drawer

658 PDF

The man who stuttered·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The drawer

658-659 PDF

Killing time·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The drawer

660-661 PDF

Mr. Bush’s circus·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The drawer

661 PDF

Revenge enough·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The drawer

662 PDF

Fetching the doctor in a hurry–an episode of the rural districts·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Get access to 165 years of
Harper’s for only $45.99

United States Canada

THE CURRENT ISSUE

September 2015

Weed Whackers

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Tremendous Machine

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

A Goose in a Dress

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Genealogy of Orals

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

view Table Content

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Article
Romancing Kano·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:

The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.

leadership
service
integrity
creativity

Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.

Article
The Prisoner of Sex·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“It is disappointing that parts of Purity read as though Franzen urgently wanted to telegraph a message to anyone who would defend his fiction from charges of chauvinism: ‘No, you’ve got me wrong. I really am sexist.’”
Illustration by Shonagh Rae
Article
Gangs of Karachi·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“In Karachi, sometimes only the thinnest of polite fictions separates the politicians from the men who kill and extort on their behalf.”
Photograph © Asim Rafiqui/NOOR Images
Article
Weed Whackers·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“Defining 'native' and 'invasive' in an ever-shifting natural world poses some problems. The camel, after all, is native to North America, though it went extinct here 8,000 years ago, while the sacrosanct redwood tree is invasive, having snuck in at some point in the past 65 million years.”
Photograph by Chad Ress
Article
The Neoliberal Arts·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“College is seldom about thinking or learning anymore. Everyone is running around trying to figure out what it is about. So far, they have come up with buzzwords, mainly those three.”
Artwork by Julie Cockburn

Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:

65

An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.

A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.

Subscribe to the Weekly Review newsletter. Don’t worry, we won’t sell your email address!

HARPER’S FINEST

Subways Are for Sleeping

By

“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”

Subscribe Today