Poet and translator Heather McHugh was raised in Virginia and attended Harvard University, where she studies with Robert Lowell. She published her first book of poetry, Dangers, in 1977.
Since then, she has published A World of Difference (1981), To the Quick (1987), Shades (1988), and The Father
John Dryden achieved no small feat in having the politically tumultuous period of the mid- to late-17th century now referred to – not without disputation, and admittedly only in literary circles, and admittedly not a great deal more these days – as the Age of Dryden. This phrase
The period between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, though a time of cultural ferment in the former colonies, was marked by an identity crisis. It was a time when the country was young and the influence of European art and philosophy was strong. The most praised writers were sycophants: Cooper wrote