By Christopher Benfey
One of many ultimate critics in modern American letters, Christopher Benfey has lengthy been recognized for his tremendous and incisive essays. showing in such courses because the long island assessment 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 most interesting writings on eminent American authors (including Emerson, Dickinson, Whitman, Millay, Faulkner, Frost, and Welty), bringing to his subjects---as the hot York occasions booklet evaluation has stated of his previous work---"a scholar's thoroughness, a critic's astuteness and a storyteller's experience of drama."Although Benfey's pursuits variety from paintings to literature to social historical past, 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"Northerners," "Southerners," and "The Union Reconsidered," American Audacity explores a number of canonical works, outdated (Emerson, Dickinson, Millay, Whitman), glossy (Faulkner, Dos Passos), and extra modern (Gary Snyder, E. L. Doctorow).Christopher Benfey is the writer of diverse 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 international of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable; and, such a lot lately, the nice Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, eastern Eccentrics, and the hole of outdated Japan; and A summer time of Hummingbirds.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 origin, the nationwide Endowment for the arts, and the yankee Council of discovered Societies. presently he's Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College."A talented literary historian and critic."---The long island assessment of Books "Longer than booklet reports and shorter than long reappraisals of a poet or critic, the person essays show a convinced, if modest, contact . . . His unadorned sentences . . . will inspire readers to shop for books by means of the bibliographers and students he reports 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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Manuscripts unknown to him, generally variants of already familiar poems, continued to surface. And scholarly debates about the dating and the arrangement of poems on the page proliferated. For some time it has been evident that a new edition of Dickinson’s poems was needed. Ralph Franklin, director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, and the author of a searching monograph, The Editing of Emily Dickinson (1967), seemed the obvious choice for the job. Franklin’s edition is more an updating and correction of Johnson’s edition than an overturning of it, and some of the changes will merely cause inconvenience.
The de‹nitive statement about all such efforts to pin down Dickinson’s affections comes from Elizabeth Bishop, in her review of Rebecca Patterson’s The Riddle of Emily Dickinson, which appeared in the New Republic in 1952. Patterson, like Smith and Hart, thought the “riddle” of Dickinson’s life and work could be solved by attention to her love affairs with women—‹rst, according to Patterson, with Susan, and then with another friend, Kate Anthon. ” No one has ever denied that Emily Dickinson wrote passionate letters to Susan before and after Susan’s marriage.
Many of these are short passages of verse, couplets and triplets, set apart from the prose of Dickinson’s letters, like this typical example from the early 1860s: 42 No Rose, yet felt myself a’bloom, No Bird—yet rode in Ether— Franklin’s research has led him to conclude that certain texts previously published as separate poems are in fact fragments of other poems. ”) Other poems, previously thought to be parts of the same poem, are now separated. And ‹ve texts treated as poems by Johnson, such as the rhythmic letter to Austin that is the second poem in the Johnson edition (“There is another sky, ever serene and fair, and there is another sunshine, though it be darkness there”) are excluded by Franklin, since they are not arranged as verse in Dickinson’s manuscript.
American Audacity: Literary Essays North and South (Writers on Writing) by Christopher Benfey