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Stephen Vincent Benét


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  Benét was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His father,  Brigadier General Stephen Vincent Benét, was a chief of artillery in the U.S. Army. He graduated from Yale University in 1919. His first volume of poetry, Five Men and Pompey, was published in 1917. A poet and novelist, his works include the volume of poetry Heavens and Earth (1920). He published his first novel, The Beginning of Wisdom, in 1921.  His narrative poem about the slavery, Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry and the Civil War,  John Brown's Body, won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1929. Benét died in New York City on March 13, 1943. He was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for Western Star (1943), an unfinished narrative poem on the settling of America. 
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