John Brown's Bodyby Stephen Vincent Benet
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.
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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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
its was boreing to read. im going to burn my copy.