Devil and Daniel Webster and Other Writings

ISBN-10: 0140437401

ISBN-13: 9780140437409

Edition: N/A

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List price: $13.95
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 12/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

A poet, dramatist, and short story writer, Stephen Vincent Benet was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1898 and attended Yale University. A Guggenhein Fellowship in 1926 enabled him to work in Paris on a long poem that appeared two years later and received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry (1928). The poem John Brown's Body brought Benet instant popularity. This narrative history of the Civil War in rhyme and blank verse told from the point of view of ordinary people of both the North and the South is a remarkable epic of the United States. Although Benet had enormously influential on other poets, notably the Harlem Renaissance writer Anne Spencer, and despite his wide popular audience, he has not received high praise from academic critics. Benet died in 1943.

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A Note About the Selections
"Little Testament"
Jacob and the Indians
The Devil and Daniel Webster
The Sobbin' Women
Freedom's a Hard-Bought Thing
The Die-Hard
The Minister's Books
O'Halloran's Luck
A Death in the Country
Blossom and Fruit
Among Those Present
A Life at Angelo's
Too Early Spring
The Three Fates
The Blood of the Martyrs
Into Egypt
By the Waters of Babylon
Selections from John Brown's Body
The Ballad of William Sycamore
The Mountain Whippoorwill
American Names
Pilgrims and Puritans
Thomas Jefferson
Dolly Madison
Daniel Boone
Crazy Horse
Negro Spirituals
Ode to Walt Whitman
Portrait of Young Love
The General Public
To Rosemary
A Nonsense Song
To Rosemary, On the Methods by Which She Might Become an Angel
All Night Long
The Lost Wife
Complaint of Body, the Ass, Against His Rider, the Soul
For City Lovers
Litany for Dictatorships
Minor Litany
Nightmare Number Three
Nightmare at Noon
Tuesday, November 5th, 1940
Selections from Western Star
The Most Unforgettable Character I've Met
Letter to Bloomingdale's
Letters to the Guggenheim Foundation
Concerning Children's Poems
From Forewords to the Yale Series of Younger Poets
Two Letters to Pauli Murray
If This Should Change
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