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By Christopher Benfey

One of the main critics in modern American letters, Christopher Benfey has lengthy been recognized for his significant and incisive essays. showing in such guides because the New York evaluation of Books, the New Republic, and the Times Literary Supplement, Benfey's writings have helped us reimagine the yank literary canon. In American Audacity, Benfey gathers his best writings on eminent American authors (including Emerson, Dickinson, Whitman, Millay, Faulkner, Frost, and Welty), bringing to his subjects---as the New York occasions ebook Review has stated of his prior work---"a scholar's thoroughness, a critic's astuteness and a storyteller's experience of drama."


Although Benfey's pursuits diversity from artwork to literature to social background, this assortment specializes in specific American writers and a number of the ways that an American id and tradition tell their paintings. damaged into 3 sections, "Northerners,""Southerners," and "The Union Reconsidered," American Audacity explores quite a few canonical works, outdated (Emerson, Dickinson, Millay, Whitman), glossy (Faulkner, Dos Passos), and extra modern (Gary Snyder, E. L. Doctorow).


Christopher Benfey is the writer of diverse extremely popular books, together with Emily Dickinson: Lives of a Poet; The Double lifetime of Stephen Crane; Degas in New Orleans: Encounters within the Creole international of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable; and, so much lately, The nice Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, jap Eccentrics, and the outlet of previous Japan. Benfey's poems have seemed within the Paris Review, Pequod, and Ploughshares. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim starting place, the nationwide Endowment for the arts, and the yankee Council of discovered Societies. presently he's Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College.


"In its lively and unique feedback of yank writers, Christopher Benfey's American Audacity monitors its personal audacities on each page."

---William H. Pritchard

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