Stephen Vincent Benet

Benét, Stephen Vincent

Stephen Vincent Benét (bĕnā´), 1898–1943, American poet and author, b. Bethlehem, Pa., grad. Yale, 1919; brother of William Rose Benét. After graduating from college, Benét published several volumes of verse, including A Ballad of William Sycamore (1923), and several novels, of which Jean Huguenot (1923) and The Spanish Bayonet (1926) are the best. He is most famous for John Brown's Body (1928), a long narrative poem of the Civil War (Pulitzer Prize, 1929), and his short story, "The Devil and Daniel Webster." Western Star, a long narrative poem about the westward migration left unfinished at his death, was published in 1943 (Pulitzer Prize, 1944).

See his selected works (2 vol., 1942); letters, ed. by C. A. Fenton (1960); studies by C. A. Fenton (1978) and W. R. Benét (1979).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

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America's 93 Greatest Living Authors Present This Is My Best: Over 150 Self-Chosen and Complete Masterpieces, Together with Their Reasons for Their Selections
Whit Burnett.
Dial Press, 1942
Librarian’s tip: "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by Stephen Vincent Benet begins on p. 231
Tiger Joy: A Book of Poems
Stephen Vincent Benét.
George H. Doran Company, 1925
Writers and Writing
Robert Van Gelder.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1946
American Poetry since 1900
Louis Untermeyer.
Henry Holt, 1923
Librarian’s tip: "Stephen Vincent Benet" begins on p. 242
They Burned the Books
Stephen Vincent Benét.
Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1942
Fifty Poets: An American Auto-Anthology
William Rose Benét.
Duffield and Green, 1933
Librarian’s tip: "Stephen Vincent Benet (1898)" begins on p. 139
Living Authors: A Book of Biographies
Stanley Kunitz; Dilly Tante.
H. W. Wilson, 1935
Librarian’s tip: "Stephen Vincent Benet (1898)" begins on p. 35
Cyclopedia of World Authors
Frank N. Magill; Dayton Kohler.
Harper & Row, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "Stephen Vincent Benet (1898)" begins on p. 96
James Shore's Daughter
Stephen Vincent Benét.
Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1934
FREE! Young Adventure: A Book of Poems
Stephen Vincent Benét.
Yale University Press, 1920
Burning City: New Poems
Stephen Vincent Benét.
Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1936
We Stand United: And Other Radio Scripts
Stephen Vincent Benet; Norman Rosten.
Farrar & Rinehart incorporated, 1945
The Oxford Book of American Verse
F. O. Matthiessen.
Oxford University Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "Stephen Vincent Benet, 1898-1943" begins on p. 947
The Red Harvest: A Cry for Peace
Vincent Godfrey Burns.
Macmillan, 1930
Librarian’s tip: Includes works "The Red Country," "The Guns," "War," A Confederate Prison," "Lincoln and Davis"
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