By Christopher Benfey
One of many optimal critics in modern American letters, Christopher Benfey has lengthy been identified for his marvelous and incisive essays. showing in such guides because the manhattan evaluation of Books, the hot Republic, and the days Literary complement, 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 recent York occasions booklet evaluation 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 variety from artwork to literature to social heritage, this assortment specializes in specific American writers and a number of the ways that an American identification and tradition tell their paintings. damaged into 3 sections, "Northerners," "Southerners," and "The Union Reconsidered," American Audacity explores numerous canonical works, outdated (Emerson, Dickinson, Millay, Whitman), smooth (Faulkner, Dos Passos), and extra modern (Gary Snyder, E. L. Doctorow).Christopher Benfey is the writer of various very popular books, together with Emily Dickinson: Lives of a Poet; The Double lifetime of Stephen Crane; Degas in New Orleans: Encounters within the Creole global of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable; and, such a lot lately, the good Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, jap Eccentrics, and the outlet of previous Japan; and A summer season of Hummingbirds. Benfey's poems have seemed within the Paris assessment, 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. at the moment he's Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College."A talented literary historian and critic."---The big apple overview of Books "Longer than publication reports and shorter than long reappraisals of a poet or critic, the person essays express a convinced, if modest, contact . . . His unadorned sentences . . . will inspire readers to shop for books through the bibliographers and students he experiences in addition to go back readers to the audacious figures that contain America's literary history."---Larry T. Shillock, Bloomsbury Review"In its lively and unique feedback of yank writers, Christopher Benfey's American Audacities screens its personal audacities on each page."---William H. Pritchard
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American Audacity: Literary Essays North and South (Writers on Writing) by Christopher Benfey