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Christopher Benfey

Christopher Benfey is the Mellon professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and the author of the award-winning book A Summer of Hummingbirds. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, the New Republic, and the New York Review of Books. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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The Great Wave
Written by Christopher Benfey
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | August 2004
$16.00/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-75455-5 (0-375-75455-5)

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






Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay
Written by Christopher Benfey
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | February 2013
$16.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312285-2 (0-14-312285-1)

"Beautiful, haunted, evocative and so open to where memory takes you. I kept thinking that this is the book that I have waited for: where objects, and poetry intertwine. Just wonderful and completely sui generis."  (Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes)

An unforgettable voyage across the reaches of... Read more






A Summer of Hummingbirds
Written by Christopher Benfey
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | March 2009
$16.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-311508-3 (0-14-311508-1)

The country's most noted writers, poets, and artists converge at a singular moment in American life, a great companion to fans of the film A Quiet Passion, starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson. 

At the close of the Civil War, the lives of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and... Read more






The Book of Tea
Written by Kakuzo Okakura, Introduction by Christopher Benfey
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 2010
$12.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-119184-3 (0-14-119184-8)

Zen and the art of tea-the classic book about the Japanese tea ceremony that is as much a guide to life

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... Read more





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