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Benfey, Christopher E. G. 1954-

Overview
Works: 25 works in 115 publications in 2 languages and 9,991 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Art  Records and correspondence  Exhibition catalogs  Pictorial works 
Roles: Editor, Annotator
Classifications: PS1541.Z5, 811.4
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Most widely held works by Christopher E. G Benfey
Emily Dickinson and the problem of others by Christopher E. G Benfey ( )
9 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and Spanish and held by 1,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The double life of Stephen Crane by Christopher E. G Benfey ( Book )
13 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 1,401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the first reassessment in more than a quarter of a century of one of the most brilliant and fascinating figures in American literature - the novelist-journalist born in 1871, six years after the war he memorialized in his universally acclaimed The Red Badge of Courage, and dead of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-eight. Recounting Stephen Crane's brief life (a life crammed with incident and mystery), Benfey identifies a curious pattern: Crane tried to live what he had already written. Barely twenty-two when he wrote The Red Badge, he later became the leading war-correspondent of his time - in order to see, he told Joseph Conrad, whether The Red Badge was "all right." He wrote Maggie: A Girl of the Streets more out of curiosity than knowledge; a few years later he took as his common-law wife the madam of a Jacksonville whorehouse. He made a life with her in England, where their circle of good friends included Conrad, Henry James, Ford Madox Ford, and H. G. Wells. Christopher Benfey has given us as full an account of Crane's life as we can ever have - and an inspired reading of his astonishingly multifaceted work
A summer of hummingbirds : love, art, and scandal in the intersecting worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade by Christopher E. G Benfey ( Book )
9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A surprising and scandalous story of how the interaction within a group of exceptional and uniquely talented characters shaped and changed American thought at the close of the Civil War. Benfey takes the seemingly arbitrary image of the hummingbird and traces its "route of evanescence" as it travels in circles to and from the creative wellsprings of the age: from the naturalist writings of abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson to the poems of his wayward pupil Emily Dickinson; into the mind of Henry Ward Beecher and within the writings and paintings of his famous sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe. A Summer of Hummingbirds unveils how, through the art of these great thinkers, the hummingbird became the symbol of an era, an image through which they could explore their controversial (and often contradictory) ideas of nature, religion, sexuality, family, time, exoticism, and beauty.--From amazon.com
American audacity literary essays North and South by Christopher E. G Benfey ( )
9 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"One of the foremost critics in contemporary American letters, Christopher Benfey has long been known for his brilliant and incisive essays. Benfey's writings have helped us reimagine the American literary canon. In American Audacity, Benfey gathers his finest work on eminent American authors, bringing to his subjects - as the New York Times Book Review has said of his earlier work - "a scholar's thoroughness, a critic's astuteness and a storyteller's sense of drama."" "Although Benfey's interests range from art to literature to social history, this collection focuses on particular American writers and the various ways in which an American identity and culture inform their work."--BOOK JACKET
Emily Dickinson : lives of a poet by Christopher E. G Benfey ( Book )
6 editions published in 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The great wave : gilded age misfits, Japanese eccentrics, and the opening of old Japan by Christopher E. G Benfey ( Book )
9 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When the United States entered the Gilded Age after the Civil War the nation lost its philosophical moorings and looked eastward to "Old Japan," with its seemingly untouched indigenous culture, for balance and perspective. Japan, meanwhile, was trying to reinvent itself as a more cosmopolitan, modern state, ultimately transforming itself, in the course of twenty-five years, from a feudal backwater to an international power. This great wave of historical and cultural reciprocity between the two young nations, which intensified during the late 1800s, brought with it some larger-than-life personalities, as the lure of unknown foreign cultures prompted pilgrimages back and forth across the Pacific. In The great wave, Benfey tells the story of the tightly knit group of nineteenth-century travelers--connoisseurs, collectors, and scientists--who dedicated themselves to exploring and preserving Old Japan. These travelers include Herman Melville, Henry Adams, John La Farge, Lafcadio Hearn, Mabel Loomis Todd, Edward Sylvester Morse, Percival Lowell, and President Theodore Roosevelt. As well, we learn of famous Easterners come West, including Kakuzo Okakura and Shuzo Kuki
American writings by Lafcadio Hearn ( Book )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The writings of Hearn's American years reveal an omnivorous curiosity and an always eclectic sensibility. Some Chinese Ghosts (1887) is a stylized retelling of ancient legends, foreshadowing Hearn's later fascination with Asian themes. The exquisitely crafted novels Chita (1889), about the devastation wrought by a Louisiana hurricane, and Youma (1890) about a slave rebellion in Martinique, epitomize his writing at its most luxuriantly romantic. His extraordinary travel book Two Years in the French West Indies (1890) provides a richly impressionistic account of his long stay on Martinique and other Caribbean islands
Degas in New Orleans : encounters in the Creole world of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable by Christopher E. G Benfey ( Book )
13 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Edgar Degas travelled from Paris to New Orleans during the fall of 1872 to visit the American branch of his mother's family, the Mussons. He arrived at a key moment in the cultural history of this most exotic of American cities, still recovering from the agony of the Civil War: the decisive period of Reconstruction, in which his American relatives were importantly involved. This was precisely the time when the American writers Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable were beginning to mine the resources of New Orleans culture and history. What was it about this war-torn, diverse, and conflicted city that elicited from Degas some of his finest paintings? And what do we need to know about New Orleans society to make sense of Degas's stay?
The Dickinsons of Amherst by Jerome Liebling ( Book )
3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Three preeminent scholars of Dickinson's life and work have contributed essays that explore the history and legacy of the Homestead and the Evergreens. Polly Longsworth, who wrote the definitive account of Austin's affair with Mabel Loomis Todd, reveals some results of her recent researches - including a new recognition that Dickinson's anxiety problems were a real and integral condition of her existence. Barton Levi St. Armand shares the previously untold inside stories of Mary Hampson, the last resident of the Evergreens, and of the lives connected with the house over the last century. Christopher Benfey offers an insightful appreciation of Liebling's photographs and the light they shed on Dickinson and her work." "The heart of this book is the one hundred-plus photographs through which Jerome Liebling expands our understanding of Emily Dickinson's world and life."--BOOK JACKET
Complete poems by Stephen Crane ( Book )
5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In tones alternately sardonic and rueful, Stephen Crane's poems, although small in scale, address immense problems of cosmic justice and the purpose of human life. They are not quite like anything else in American poetry : uncompromisingly harsh, gnomic, deliberately anti-poetic, and shot through with unforgettable phrases and perceptions. Christopher Benfey's edition collects all Crane's poems and provides an introduction illuminating their biographical and cultural context"--P. [4] of dust jacket
Artists, intellectuals, and World War II : the Pontigny encounters at Mount Holyoke College, 1942-1944 ( Book )
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sixty years ago, at the height of World War II, an extraordinary series of gatherings took place at Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts. During the summers of 1942-1944, leading European figures in the arts and sciences met at the college with their American counterparts for urgent conversations about the future of human civilization in a precarious world. Two Sorbonne professors, the distinguished medievalist Gustave Cohen and the existentialist philosopher Jean Wahl, organized these "Pontigny" sessions, named after an abbey in Burgundy, where similar symposia had been held in the decades before the war. Among the participants - many of whom were Jewish or had Jewish backgrounds - were the philosophers Hannah Arendt and Rachel Bespaloff, the poets Marianne Moore and Wallace Stevens, the anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss and the linguist Roman Jakobson, and the painters Marc Chagall and Robert Motherwell.; In this collection of original essays, Stanley Cavell and Jacques Derrida lead an international group of scholars - including Jed Perl, Mary Ann Caws, Jeffrey Mehlman, and Elisabeth Young-Bruehl - in assessing the lasting impact and contemporary significance of Pontigny-en-Amerique. Rachel Bespaloff, a tragic figure who wrote a major work on the Iliad, is restored to her rightful place beside Arendt and Simone Weil. Anyone interested in the "intellectual resistance" of Francophone intellectuals and artists, and the inspiring support from such American figures as Stevens and Moore, will want to read this pioneering work of scholarship and historical re-creation
The book of tea by Kakuz┼Ź Okakura ( Book )
5 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For a generation adjusting painfully to the demands of a modern industrial and commercial society, Asia came to represent an alternative vision of the good life: aesthetically austere, socially aristocratic, and imbued with spirituality. The Book of Tea was originally written in English and sought to address the inchoate yearnings of disaffected Westerners. In a flash of inspiration, Okakura saw that the formal tea party as practiced in New England was a distant cousin of the Japanese tea ceremony, and that East and West had thus "met in the tea-cup."
Emily Dickinson : the poet at home ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Stephen Crane : complete poems by Stephen Crane ( Book )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In tones alternately sardonic and rueful, Stephen Crane's poems, although small in scale, address immense problems of cosmic justice and the purpose of human life. They are not quite like anything else in American poetry : uncompromisingly harsh, gnomic, deliberately anti-poetic, and shot through with unforgettable phrases and perceptions. Christopher Benfey's edition collects all Crane's poems and provides an introduction illuminating their biographical and cultural context"--P. [4] of dust jacket
American writings : Some chinese ghosts ; Chita ; Two years in the French West Indies ; Youma ; Selected journalism & letters by Lafcadio Hearn ( Book )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Red brick, Black Mountain, white clay : reflections on art, family, and survival by Christopher E. G Benfey ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"An unforgettable voyage across the reaches and the depths of memory, Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay tells the story of America's artistic birth. Following his family back through the generations, renowned critic Christopher Benfey unearths an ancestry--and an aesthetic--that is quintessentially American. His mother descends from colonial craftsmen, such as the Quaker artist-explorer William Bartram. Benfey's father--along with his aunt and uncle, the famed Bauhaus artists Josef and Anni Albers--escaped from Nazi Europe by fleeing to the American South. Struggling to find themselves in this new world, Benfey's family found strength and salvation in the rich craft tradition grounded in America's vast natural landscape. Threading these stories together into a radiant and mesmerizing harmony, Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay is an extraordinary quest to the heart of America and the origins of its art"--Provided by publisher
War and the Iliad by Simone Weil ( Book )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bespaloff's account of the Iliad brings out Homer's novelistic approach to character and the existential drama of his characters' choices; it is marked, too, by a tragic awareness of how the Iliad speaks to times and places where there is no hope apart from war. This edition brings together these two influential essays for the first time."--BOOK JACKET
Degas and New Orleans : a French Impressionist in America by Gail Feigenbaum ( Book )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Penguin Classics Introduction to The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura by Christopher E. G Benfey ( )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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