By Christopher Benfey

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


Although Benfey's pursuits diversity from artwork to literature to social heritage, this assortment makes a speciality of specific American writers and a few 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"Northerners,""Southerners," and "The Union Reconsidered," American Audacity explores quite a few canonical works, outdated (Emerson, Dickinson, Millay, Whitman), sleek (Faulkner, Dos Passos), and extra modern (Gary Snyder, E. L. Doctorow).


Christopher Benfey is the writer of various 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, such a lot lately, The nice Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, jap Eccentrics, and the hole of previous Japan. Benfey's poems have seemed within the Paris Review, Pequod, and Ploughshares. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim beginning, the nationwide Endowment for the arts, and the yank Council of realized Societies. at the moment he's Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College.


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

---William H. Pritchard

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