John Brown's Body

John Brown's Body

3.4 5
by Stephen Vincent Benet, J. L. Capps, C. R. Kemble
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

This early work by Stephen Vincent Benét was originally published in 1928 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'John Brown's Body' is a long poem that tells the story of the American Civil War and illuminates the lives of soldiers, leaders, and civilians. Stephen Vincent Benét was born on 22nd July 1898 in Bethlehem,

Overview

This early work by Stephen Vincent Benét was originally published in 1928 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'John Brown's Body' is a long poem that tells the story of the American Civil War and illuminates the lives of soldiers, leaders, and civilians. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Yale
A masterpiece of epic poetry.
W.E.B Du Bois
John Brown taught us that the cheapest price to pay for liberty is its cost today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780030285103
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Age Range:
14 Years

What People are saying about this

W.E.B. DuBois
John Brown taught us that the cheapest price to pay for liberty is its cost today.

Meet the Author

Stephen Vincent Benét (1898–1943) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1929 for John Brown’s Body. In his prose and poetry he often retold American history, folktales, and legends. Among his many other works is The Devil and Daniel Webster.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

John Brown's Body 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a light read. it is serious literature for serious readers. But if you are willing to put forth some intellectual effort for an enormous return, John Brown's Body will more than reward you. It is a monumental work that more than pays back the commitment made in reading it. If, OTOH, you want a quick, easy read to rush through so you can write a book report with an impressive title and get back to your TV show or video game, don't even try it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An incredible book that provides history through poetry. It is also a reminder of the customs of life (mostly Biblical) that originated from that time period. There was still a very English lifestyle during that time. A very passionate piece of work. -Neil
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amy, you're the dumbest kid I've ever come across. The poem is a breath-taking epic that beautifully captures a pivotal moment in American history. Remember, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it....Amy you dumb ox.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really did not like John Brown's Body because it was long and boring and I don't like American history. I don't recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its was boreing to read. im going to burn my copy.