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© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Stephen Vincent Benet: Selected full-text books and articles

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 By 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 By Stephen Vincent Benét George H. Doran Company, 1925
Writers and Writing By Robert Van Gelder Charles Scribner's Sons, 1946
American Poetry since 1900 By Louis Untermeyer Henry Holt, 1923
Librarian’s tip: "Stephen Vincent Benet" begins on p. 242
They Burned the Books By Stephen Vincent Benét Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1942
Fifty Poets: An American Auto-Anthology By William Rose Benét Duffield and Green, 1933
Librarian’s tip: "Stephen Vincent Benet (1898)" begins on p. 139
Living Authors: A Book of Biographies By Stanley Kunitz; Dilly Tante H. W. Wilson, 1935
Librarian’s tip: "Stephen Vincent Benet (1898)" begins on p. 35
Cyclopedia of World Authors By Frank N. Magill; Dayton Kohler Harper & Row, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "Stephen Vincent Benet (1898)" begins on p. 96
James Shore's Daughter By Stephen Vincent Benét Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1934
FREE! Young Adventure: A Book of Poems By Stephen Vincent Benét Yale University Press, 1920
Burning City: New Poems By Stephen Vincent Benét Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1936
We Stand United: And Other Radio Scripts By Stephen Vincent Benet Farrar & Rinehart incorporated, 1945
The Oxford Book of American Verse By 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 By 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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