The Short Stories of Stephen Vincent Benet by Stephen Vincent BenetStephen Vincent Benet was born July 22, 1898, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, into a military family. His father had a wide appreciation for literature, and Benets siblings, William Rose and Laura, also became writers. Benet 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. Benet 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.
Benet was successful in many different literary forms, which included novels, short stories, screenplays, radio broadcasts, and a libretto for an opera by Douglas Moore based on The Devil and Daniel Webster. His most famous work is the long poem John Browns Body for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1929—a long narrative poem which interweaves historical and fictional characters to relate important events in the Civil War, from the raid on Harpers Ferry to Lees surrender at Appomattox. During his lifetime, Benet also received the O. Henry Story Prize, the Roosevelt Medal, and a second Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for the posthumously-published Western Star, the first part of an epic poem based on American history. At the age of 44, Benet suffered a heart attack and died on March 13, 1943, in New York City.
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The Short Stories of Stephen Vincent Benet
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He was a rarity among twentieth-century authors, a poet whose books sold in the tens of thousands and who was honored in the poetry workshops and lecture halls of prestigious universities. Since that time, his reputation has declined steeply among literary sophisticates to the point where his poetry is seldom included in college literary anthologies and his name is often neglected in literary histories; but his poems and several of his short stories remain steadily in print, finding a sizable audience among general readers year after year. James W. He entered Yale at the age of seventeen. Chesterton , and dozens of lesser lights—and in the traditions of American military history. His success as a writer came early and continued all through his life. He won his first poetry prize from St.
His father read poetry aloud to Stephen, an older brother, William Rose, and a sister, Laura, all of whom became writers. Stephen published his first book at age He received his M. Dramatized by Charles Laughton in , it was performed across the United States. A Book of Americans , poems written with his wife, the former Rosemary Carr, brought many historical characters to life for American schoolchildren.