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A Selection from Young Adventure, A Book of Poems

A Selection from Young Adventure, A Book of Poems by Stephen Vincent Benét
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Stephen Vincent Benét (July 22, 1898 – March 13, 1943) was an American author, poet, short story writer and novelist. He is best known for his book-length narrative poem of the American Civil War, John Brown’s Body (1928), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929, and for two short stories, “The Devil and Daniel Webster” and “By the Waters of Babylon”.

It was a line of Benét’s poetry that gave the title to Dee Brown’s famous history of the destruction of Native American tribes by the United States: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

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A Book of Poems by

by Stephen Vincent Benet

[Stephen Vincent Bene't, American Poet and short story writer 1898 1943.]

[Note on text: Italicized stanzas will be indented 5 spaces. Italicized words or phrases have been capitalized. Lines longer than 77 characters have been broken, and the continuation is indented two spaces.]

[Note: This etext was transcribed from the 1918 American (original) edition. There are some slight differences, such as making the titles in the contents conform exactly to the titles of the individual sections, for ease of searching, and correction of mistakes which are very obviously mistakes, and not merely archaic or unorthodox usage, but great care has been taken not to change the text, and hopefully this has been accomplished.]

Some of these poems were originally printed in various periodicals.

To W. R. B.


And so, to you, who always were Perseus, D'Artagnan, Lancelot To me, I give these weedy rhymes In memory of earlier times... Continue reading book >>

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