John Brown's Body

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Ivan R. Dee Publisher, Feb 25, 1990 - History - 336 pages
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One of the most widely read poems of our time--a masterful retelling of the American Civil War.

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User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

Wow is my response to this incredibly ambitious book-length treatment of the Civil War using poetry in a variety of forms. This is a complex book and I find that it isn't accurately treated in a lot ... Read full review

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User Review  - AJ - Goodreads

Poetry that reads like prose. Beautiful, touching descriptions of people from slaves to southern gentry to fanatic abolitionists to the weary soldiers and their loved ones from both sides. Won the Pulitzer. Read full review

Contents

BOOK ONE
14
BOOK TWO
54
BOOK THREE
98
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About the author (1990)

A poet, dramatist, and short story writer, Stephen Vincent Benet was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1898 and attended Yale University. A Guggenhein Fellowship in 1926 enabled him to work in Paris on a long poem that appeared two years later and received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry (1928). The poem John Brown's Body brought Benet instant popularity. This narrative history of the Civil War in rhyme and blank verse told from the point of view of ordinary people of both the North and the South is a remarkable epic of the United States. Although Benet had enormously influential on other poets, notably the Harlem Renaissance writer Anne Spencer, and despite his wide popular audience, he has not received high praise from academic critics. Benet died in 1943.