Joseph Cornell in Washington.

Joseph Cornell in Washington.

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Nov. 29 2006 11:46 AM

Joseph Cornell's Virtual Reality

What was he building in his basement?

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Christopher Benfey is Mellon professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His latest book, A Summer of Hummingbirds, about writers and artists in Gilded Age America, has just been published by the Penguin Press.

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