Join local poet, essayist & memoirist, Christopher Benfey, in celebrating the publication of his new book, If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years.
Benfey is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at Mt.Holyoke College & is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review & The New York Review of Books. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, & the American Council of Learned Societies. Benfey has written numerous books about the American Gilded Age including A Summer of Hummingbirds, as well as a family memoir, Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, & Survival.
If examines the American life of Rudyard Kipling, who famously said “There are only two places in the world where I want to live. Bombay & Brattleboro. And I can’t live in either.”