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Benét, Stephen Vincent

Benét, Stephen Vincent bĕnā´ [key], 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).

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