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Christopher Benfey

Christopher Benfey (born October 28, 1954) is an American literary critic and Emily Dickinson scholar. He is the Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College.[1]

Christopher Benfey
BornOctober 28, 1954 (1954-10-28) (age 65)
Merion, Pennsylvania, U.S.
NationalityUnited States
SubjectEmily Dickinson
Notable worksDegas 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.

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  1. ^ "Citations search: "Christopher Benfey" (Google Books)". Retrieved November 9, 2007.

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