Denis Donoghue is one of that small company of transatlantic men of letters who have established reputations as distinguished critics of both English and American literature. An Irishman by birth, Donoghue has taught at University College, Dublin, at Cambridge University, and (currently) at New York University, where he occupies the Henry James Chair of Letters, and since 1959 has published a dozen volumes, including studies of Yeats, Swift, Emily Dickinson, modern verse drama, modern American poetry, and “the poetic imagination”; he is professionally concerned with the subject of Irishness (his last book, a selection of essays on his native land and literature, was entitled We Irish), and his new collection, Reading America[1]—a gathering of twenty-seven reviews and essays about American writers from Emerson to Ashbery—testifies to his equally...

 
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