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|Born||October 28, 1954 (age 65)|
Merion, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Notable works||Degas in New Orleans: Encounters in the Creole World of Kate Chopin and George Washington|
Benfey was born in Merion, Pennsylvania, but spent most of his childhood in Richmond, Indiana, and attended The Putney School. He began his undergraduate studies at Earlham College, where his father, Otto Theodor Benfey, was a professor in the Chemistry department, and completed his B.A. at Guilford College. Benfey holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Benfey is a specialist in 19th and 20th century American literature. He is also an established essayist and critic who has been published in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, and The Times Literary Supplement. He is a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities.
- American Audacity: Literary Essays North and South. (University of Michigan Press, 2010).
- The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan, (2003). 
- Degas in New Orleans: Encounters in the Creole World of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable (1999).
- A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade
- Official website - Mount Holyoke College
- Christopher Benfey in the New York Review of Books
- The Woman in White Joyce Carol Oates review of Benfey's A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade
- Author page and article archive from The New York Review of Books
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