American Audacity: Literary Essays North and South (Writers by Christopher Benfey

By Christopher Benfey

One of the main critics in modern American letters, Christopher Benfey has lengthy been recognized for his awesome 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 yank 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 publication Review has acknowledged 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 paintings to literature to social heritage, this assortment makes a speciality of specific American writers and some 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"Northerners,""Southerners," and "The Union Reconsidered," American Audacity explores a number of canonical works, outdated (Emerson, Dickinson, Millay, Whitman), smooth (Faulkner, Dos Passos), and extra modern (Gary Snyder, E. L. Doctorow).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George Washington Cable; and, so much lately, The nice Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, eastern Eccentrics, and the hole of outdated Japan.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 discovered Societies. at the moment he's Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College.

 

"In its energetic 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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