Benét, Stephen Vincent, 1898-1943

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Birth 1898-07-22
Death 1943-03-13

Biographical notes:

Stephen Vincent Beńet was born July 22, 1898, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, into a military family. His father had a wide appreciation for literature, and Beńet's siblings, William Rose and Laura, also becmae writers. Beńet attended Yale University where he published two collections of poetry, Five Men and Pompey (1915), The Drug-Shop (1917). His studies were interrupted by a year of civilian military service; he worked as a cipher-clerk in the same department as James Thurber. He graduated from Yale in 1919, submitting his third volume of poems in place of a thesis. He published his first novel The Beginning of Wisdom in 1921. Beńet then moved to France to continue his studies at the Sorbonne and returned to the United States in 1923 with his new wife, the writer Rosemary Carr.

From the description of Stephen Vincent Benet Alumni Day poem, 1933. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 263095093

American author.

From the description of Note : to Mr. Meyer, undated. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63936591

From the description of Letter, ca. 1940. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 77972638

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to "Mrs. Hard!" [i.e. Eleanor Hard Lake (Mrs. Gerard Kirsopp Lake)], [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270905823

From the description of Typewritten letter signed : Neuilly s/Seine, to D.L. Smith of Cleveland, Ohio, postmarked 1928 Dec. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270905824

Benet won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928 for "John Brown's Body."

From the description of ALS, [1928 September 14-16] : Hotel Le Marquis, New York, to Major Pond. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 16787921

Stephen Vincent Benét, born July 22, 1898, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S., died March 13, 1943, New York, New York, [was] an American poet, novelist, and writer of short stories, best known for John Brown's Body, a long narrative poem on the American Civil War. -- from "Stephen Vincent Benet," Encyclopaedia Britannica

From the description of Stephen Vincent Benet letters, 1934-1941. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 300478661

Author and poet.

From the description of Power and the land : motion picture script, 1940. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 75382934


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