Christopher Benfey
Professor of English, Mount Holyoke, Massachusetts

Christopher Benfey is the Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. His latest book is The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years (2019). He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and The New York Review of Books. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Meaning and the good life
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