By Christopher Benfey
One of many premier critics in modern American letters, Christopher Benfey has lengthy been recognized for his really good and incisive essays. showing in such courses because the big apple evaluation of Books, the hot Republic, and the days Literary complement, Benfey's writings have helped us reimagine the yankee 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 hot York instances ebook evaluate has acknowledged of his prior work---"a scholar's thoroughness, a critic's astuteness and a storyteller's feel of drama."Although Benfey's pursuits variety from artwork to literature to social background, 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 numerous canonical works, previous (Emerson, Dickinson, Millay, Whitman), glossy (Faulkner, Dos Passos), and extra modern (Gary Snyder, E. L. Doctorow).Christopher Benfey is the writer of various very hot 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George Washington Cable; and, so much lately, the good Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, eastern Eccentrics, and the outlet of outdated Japan; and A summer time of Hummingbirds. Benfey's poems have seemed within the Paris overview, Pequod, and Ploughshares. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim starting place, the nationwide Endowment for the arts, and the yankee Council of realized Societies. at the moment he's Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College."A proficient literary historian and critic."---The long island assessment of Books "Longer than ebook stories and shorter than long reappraisals of a poet or critic, the person essays show a convinced, if modest, contact . . . His unadorned sentences . . . will motivate readers to shop for books via the bibliographers and students he stories in addition to go back readers to the audacious figures that include America's literary history."---Larry T. Shillock, Bloomsbury Review"In its energetic and unique feedback of yankee writers, Christopher Benfey's American Audacities monitors its personal audacities on each page."---William H. Pritchard
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Higginson and Todd have been much criticized for regularizing the rhyme schemes, punctuation, and capitalization of Dickinson’s manuscripts, rendering her work more palatable to turn-of-the-century taste. ”) Even in their cleaned-up versions, the poems were regarded as boldly innovative in language and subject. ” When anomalous or experimental poems by other poets appeared during the 1890s, they were often compared to Dickinson. The ironic, free-verse parables in Stephen Crane’s Black Riders, perhaps the most original American poetic production of the 1890s, displayed for one critic an “audacity of .
Offered a chance in 1862 to travel to Washington to witness the 27 war ‹rsthand and meet the commander in chief, Hawthorne seized it. His pen-portrait of Lincoln in his last masterpiece, “Chie›y about War Matters,” is as incisive as any photograph: He was dressed in a rusty black frock-coat and pantaloons, unbrushed, and worn so faithfully that the suit had adapted itself to the curves and angularities of his ‹gure, and had grown to be an outer skin of the man. He had shabby slippers on his feet.
When Susan dawdled at the considerable task of choosing among the more than a thousand poems at her disposal, Lavinia asked her to return the albums. In a decision that showed perhaps as much hostility as impatience, Lavinia turned in early 1888 to Mabel Loomis Todd, wife of an astronomy professor at Amherst College. 2 While Mabel had corresponded with Emily Dickinson, and received poems from her, they had never met face to face—a concession, apparently, to propriety. Working in conjunction with Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who was now free to perform the surgery that Dickinson had resisted, Mabel produced three popular volumes of Dickinson’s poetry from 1890 to 1896.
American Audacity: Literary Essays North and South (Writers on Writing) by Christopher Benfey