John Brown's Body: A Poem

By: Benet, Stephen Vincent; Freeman, Douglass Southall

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Includes publisher's slipcase, lacks Sandglass. Slipcase repaired, rear hinge weakening, owner bookplate on front endpaper, spine and slipcase edge toned. 1948 Hard Cover. xvi, [2], 454 pp. 8vo. Introduction by Douglas Southall Freeman, fourteen color illustrations by John Steuart Curry. One of the most widely read poems of our time -- a masterful retelling of the American Civil War. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephen Vincent Benét (July 22, 1898, Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania, United States -- March 13, 1943) was an American author, poet, short story writer and novelist. He is best known for his narrative poem of the American Civil War, John Brown's Body (1928), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929, and for two short stories, The Devil and Daniel Webster and By the Waters of Babylon. Benet's fantasy short story The Devil and Daniel Webster won an O. Henry Award, and he furnished the material for a one-act opera by Douglas Moore. Benét was born into an Army family in Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania, near Bethlehem in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. He spent most of his boyhood in Benicia, California. At the age of about ten, Benét was sent to the Hitchcock Military Academy. A graduate of The Albany Academy in Albany, New York and Yale University, where he was a member of Wolf's Head Society and the power behind the Yale Lit, according to Thornton Wilder. He was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for Western Star, an unfinished narrative poem on the settling of America. It was a line of Benet's poetry that gave the title to Dee Brown's famous history of the destruction of Native American tribes by the United States: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. He also adapted the Greek myth of the rape of the Sabine Women into the story The Sobbin' Women, which in turn was adapted into the movie musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Benet's brother, William Rose Benét (1886-1950), was a poet, anthologist and critic who is largely remembered for his desk reference, The Reader's Cyclopedia (1948). -- Wikipedia

Title: John Brown's Body: A Poem

Author: Benet, Stephen Vincent; Freeman, Douglass Southall

Illustrator: Curry, John Steuart

Categories: Poetry, American, Heritage Press,

Edition: Reissue

Publisher: The Heritage Press: 1948

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 2261480