Christopher Benfey

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Christopher Benfey
Born October 28, 1954 (1954-10-28) (age 63)
Merion, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Professor
Nationality United States
Subject Emily Dickinson
Notable works Degas in New Orleans: Encounters in the Creole World of Kate Chopin and George Washington

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]


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 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.

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