Day in History 13 March – Stephen Vincent Benet

On this day in 1943, author, poet, short story writer novelist, Pulitzer Prize winner, Stephen Vincent Benét, died of a heart attack in New York City at the age of 44.  Born on 22 July 1898 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Benét 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.”  He graduated from Yale.    The Final Footprint – Benét is interred in Evergreen Cemetery, Stonington, Connecticut.  His wife, Rosemary Carr was interred next to him in 1962.  Their graves are marked by an upright marble marker.

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