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A Passion for Getting It Right

Essays and Appreciations in Honor of Michael J. Colacurcio’s 50 Years of Teaching

Edited By Carol M. Bensick

For 50 years Michael J. Colacurcio has been a leader in the criticism of early and antebellum American literature. In The Province of Piety, New Essays on The Scarlet Letter, Doctrine and Difference, and Godly Letters, as well as editions and often-reprinted reviews and essays, Dr. Colacurcio has continued to defend a rare vision of the political and intellectual depth of America’s serious fiction and the aesthetic power and charm of its religious poetry and prose. In light of many honors such as the Book of the Year Award from the Conference of Christianity and Literature and election in 2007 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, UCLA raised him to the rank of Distinguished Professor. Yet for all his dedication to research, his students know him as an unforgettable teacher, who has continued to win several teaching awards at both Cornell and UCLA. The present volume aspires to celebrate Dr. Colacurcio’s 50 years of transformative teaching through an exciting bounty of original and classic essays by some of his most talented students and eminent colleagues from his very first years at Cornell up to and including his current students at UCLA.
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Introduction by Andrew Delbanco reprinted by permission of the publisher from the John Harvard Library Edition of THE MARBLE FAUN by Nathaniel Hawthorne, ix–xxii, Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Copyright © 2012 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. Special Content for The John Harvard Library edition copyright © 2012 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Excerpts from “Shakespeare’s Sonnets” in Forewords and Afterwords by W. H. Auden. Copyright © 1964 by W. H. Auden. Used by permission of Penguin Group (USA).

Excerpts from Harold Bloom, The American Religion: The Emergence of the Post-Christian Nation, copyright (c) 1992 by Harold Bloom. Used by permission.

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“A bird came down the walk” J 328/F 359—Lines 1, 3–4; “A toad can die of light” J 583/F 419—Lines 1–3. Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the ← xiii | xiv → Trustees of Amherst College from THE POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON: READING EDITION, edited by Ralph W. Franklin,...

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