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Christopher Benfey

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Christopher Benfey teaches literature at Mount Holyoke College, where he is co-director of the Weissman Center for Leadership. Benfey is the author of Emily Dickinson and the Problem of Others, The Double Life of Stephen Crane, and Degas in New Orleans. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.


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The Great Wave
Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan
Written by Christopher Benfey


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $16.00

When the United States entered the Gilded Age after the Civil War, argues cultural historian Christopher Benfey, 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... Read more >
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The Great Wave
Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan
Written by Christopher Benfey


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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