The Devil and Daniel Webster

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This early work by Stephen Vincent Benét was originally published in 1937 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Devil and Daniel Webster' is a short story about a successful lawyer who believes you can win your soul back from the devil. Stephen Vincent Benét was born on 22nd July 1898 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States. Benét was an accomplished writer at an early age, having had his first book published at 17 and submitting his third volume of poetry in lieu of a ...
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Overview

This early work by Stephen Vincent Benét was originally published in 1937 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Devil and Daniel Webster' is a short story about a successful lawyer who believes you can win your soul back from the devil. Stephen Vincent Benét was born on 22nd July 1898 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States. Benét was an accomplished writer at an early age, having had his first book published at 17 and submitting his third volume of poetry in lieu of a thesis for his degree. During his time at Yale, he was an influential figure at the 'Yale Lit' literary magazine, and a fellow member of the Elizabethan Club. Benét was also a part-time contributor for the early Time Magazine. Benét's best known works are the book-length narrative poem American Civil War, John Brown's Body (1928), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929, and two short stories, The Devil and Daniel Webster (1936) and By the Waters of Babylon (1937). Benét won a second Pulitzer Prize posthumously for his unfinished poem Western Star in 1944.

Having promised his soul to the Devil in exchange for good fortune, Jabez Stone asks the talented lawyer Daniel Webster to get him out of the bargain.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781473316430
  • Publisher: Read Books Design
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 207,835
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.08 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Great play

    Daniel Webster and the Devil is a great play if your looking for something fast and easy to read. I would totally recommend this awesome play for those who love funny plays. This play

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Great Fast Read

    If you haven't read it before, read it now. Only 15pages; by Stephen Vincent Benet - written 1937. Witty and fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2005

    Clever Cautionary Tale

    Clever plot twists and captivating style makes this short story a must read classic. As a cautionary tale of being careful what you wish for, especially when the devil is involved, it is no surprise that this yarn is the basis of both a 1941 film that was remade some sixty years later in 2001; each adaption bringing an originality to the words in this marvelously written book. One might easily imagine Stephen Vincent Benet's charaters which appear in these pages, especially Mr. Scratch, coming to life in an episode of Rod Serling's 'Twilight Zone' or 'Night Gallery'. Even so, read the book and view the movies for an enjoyable multi-media experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2004

    A TRIUMPH OF THE HEART !

    THE TRIAL BY JURY WAS TO HAVE BEEN AN OVER- WHELMING VICTORY FOR THE DEVIL ! DANIEL WEBSTER'S WORDS MADE EVEN THE MOST VILE OF CHARACTERS ON THE JURY PANEL 'SEE' HOW VERY DIFFERANT THEIR LIVES WOULD HAVE BEEN - IF THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN A 'SECOND CHANCE' !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2003

    The Devil and Daniel Webster

    This book is very well written book. The Devil and Daniel Webster contains two short stories about The Devil and Daniel and one short store about the fool-killer. The fool killer is about a man who kills all fools. If you can answer his simple question he will spear your life. His question is: How can humans not be fools? The answer is when a human dies. When a human dies he or she can¿t do anything, their-for a human cannot be blamed or be a fool. The Devil and Daniel Webster is about a trail that took place. An unknown guy would pop-up and ask to approve an issue in your life. He would do so if you approve but you will be forced to pay him back using your soul. Daniel Webster was feed-up with him so he started a trail with the Devil. The rest is for you to read. People who like fantasy, sharp changes, to be scared, and want a laugh should read this book. This book is an all around book. There is something for everybody in this book. If you don¿t like the first story you¿ll most likely like the third story because they are basically apposite. The beginning of the book describes the background. We are in the Civil War period. There are wooden houses and there is slavery. However, the book isn¿t about slavery, it¿s about the Devil and Daniel Webster. If you don¿t like that type of book you should read the fool-killer. The fool-killer is almost like the movie Chuckey. The story is funny and scary but also has a point. So you learn something. What do you learn? You must read the book to see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2001

    Excellent Story!

    This was a well written story about the triumph of human intellect. A man makes a deal with the devil for his soul and when the devil comes to collect, the man changes his mind. Thus enters Daniel Webster--the smartest man in town. He decides to represent the man as his lawyer against the devil. Entertainment abounds in this adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000

    The Book that Catches the Soul

    I read this book in my 8th grade class. I thought it was very good and had an interesting plot. I recommended it for people of every age. It teaches some very valuable lessons.

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