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The Great Wave

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The Great Wave by Christopher Benfey
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Aug 10, 2004 | ISBN 9780375754555

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Advance praise for The Great Wave

“The close-up brilliance of Christopher Benfey’s depiction of the early stages of the encounter between sophisticated representatives of the American Gilded Age and those of nineteenth-century Japan required an assured grasp of both cultures, their assumptions and envies, their gifts and weaknesses, their humor and lack of it. He has portrayed this mutual loss of virginity with grace, wit, and a range of reference that re-echoes the original astonishments and is a pleasure to read.”
W. S. Merwin

Praise for Christopher Benfey

Degas in New Orleans
“Yes, Degas in New Orleans involves a haunted house, ghosts, and titillating couplings, but all elements are solidly anchored in historical events and retold by Christopher Benfey in a deft synthesis of art criticism and historical speculation….An elegant introduction to a city that remains a secretive, seductive metropolis.”
Grace Lichtenstein, The Washington Post Book World

The Double Life of Stephen Crane
“In this astute and subtle new reading of Stephen Crane, Christopher Benfey discovers the mysterious process of a life taking shape from its art. Mr. Benfey writes beautifully and is as sharp on the social and psychological dimensions of Crane’s experience as he is on language and literary craft.”
Jean Strouse, author of Alice James

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