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Commentary: Early Periodicals Go Online

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Commentary: Early Periodicals Go Online

Commentary: Early Periodicals Go Online

Commentary: Early Periodicals Go Online

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Commentator Paul Ford spends more time than he'd like to admit browsing the "Making of America" website, put up by Cornell University. It has issues of magazines like Harper's Monthly and The Atlantic from before the turn of the 20th century. Recently, he found Herman Melville's "Bartelby the Scriviner," just sitting there halfway down page 546. Paul Ford lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and writes online at ftrain.com.