“Investiture at Cecconi’s,” a poem by James Merrill
April 23, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
This class will consider a great poem written in the midst of an earlier epidemic that shattered New York.
Jeff Nunokawa has been a professor of English at Princeton University for nearly thirty years. He’s written and taught widely, on topics ranging from Victorian literature to the history of the essay to the intellectual uses of social media. At present he’s at work on a book that may be called something like Mid-Century Middle Class, about being brought up middle class, middlebrow, mid-century by old-school New Deal, mixed-race, mixed-feelings-about-the-melting-pot parents. He is also writing a book about first sentences in literature, from Homer to the present. Nunokawa began his career teaching middle and high school, and he has been honored and happy to be in contact with middle and high school teachers at the Bread Loaf School of English, where he has taught since 1999.