Who is Stephen Vincent Benet

Stephen Vincent Benét /bɪˈneɪ/ (July 22, 1898 – March 13, 1943) was an American poet, short story writer, and novelist. He is best known for his book-length narrative poem of the American Civil War John Brown's Body (1928), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929, and for the short stories "The Devil and Daniel Webster" (1936) and "By the Waters of Babylon" (1937). In 2009, The Library of America selected his story "The King of the Cats" (1929) for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American Fantastic Tales edited by Peter Straub.

Life and careerEarly life Benét was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to James Walker Benét, a colonel in the United States Army. His grandfather and namesake led the Army Ordnance Corps from 1874 to 18...
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Stephen Vincent Benet Poems

  • Campus Sonnets: 1. Before An Examination
    The little letters dance across the page,
    Flaunt and retire, and trick the tired eyes;
    Sick of the strain, the glaring light, I rise
    Yawning and stretching, full of empty rage ...
  • Campus Sonnets: 3. May Morning
    I lie stretched out upon the window-seat
    And doze, and read a page or two, and doze,
    And feel the air like water on me close,
    Great waves of sunny air that lip and beat ...
  • Colors - For D. M. C
    The little man with the vague beard and guise
    Pulled at the wicket. "Come inside!" he said,
    "I'll show you all we've got now -- it was size
    You wanted? -- oh, dry colors! Well" -- he led ...
  • The Hemp - A Virginia Legend
    The Planting of the Hemp.

    Captain Hawk scourged clean the seas ...
  • Campus Sonnets: 2. Talk
    Tobacco smoke drifts up to the dim ceiling
    From half a dozen pipes and cigarettes,
    Curling in endless shapes, in blue rings wheeling,
    As formless as our talk. Phil, drawling, bets ...
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  • Petloverhermine: 10may/1943: ralph bellamy reads from “they burned the books” by stephen vincent benet to 1,000 in front of the nee york public library. 10 years earlier, nazis in germany burned books by jews, marxists, and other authors deemed subversive
  • Aman_pratikk: dreaming men are haunted men.~stephen vincent benet celebrating 20m of naina mere
  • Ardemys: stream tonight! 1am~ est. 5-4-22 i'll be narrating "by the waters of babylon" by stephen vincent benét, one of my all time favourite short stories!
  • Skmurphy: "we thought, because we had power, we had wisdom." stephen vincent benet in "a litany for dictatorships"
  • Mandaryn62: according to gothamist, the building was once the home of poet and writer stephen vincent benet (1898-1943). and when famed director vincente minelli saw the photo in life he was so taken by it that he used it as a backdrop for a scene for his film, "bells are ringing."
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Baby Toes
 by Carl Sandburg

There is a blue star, Janet,
Fifteen years- ride from us,
If we ride a hundred miles an hour.

There is a white star, Janet,
Forty years- ride from us,
If we ride a hundred miles an hour.


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