|Creator:||Benét, Stephen Vincent, 1898-1943|
|Title:||Stephen Vincent Benét Alumni Day poem|
|Quantity:||0.06 Linear feet (1 folder housed with minor collections MS 325 to MS 327)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of a poem of three typed pages signed and dated by Benet, delivered on Alumni Day, May 6, 1933, on the occasion of the presentation of a portrait of Brigadier General Stephen Vincent Benet (grandfather of the poet, University of Georgia alumnus, and Union general) to the University of Georgia. Also included in the collection are the original typescript and five variant typescripts, the newspaper printing of the poem, and the Atlanta Journal magazine article on General Benet from the issue of June 11, 1933.|
Stephen Vincent BenÌ�et was born July 22, 1898, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, into a military family. His father had a wide appreciation for literature, and BenÌ�et's siblings, William Rose and Laura, also becmae writers. BenÌ�et attended Yale University where he published two collections of poetry, Five Men and Pompey (1915), The Drug-Shop (1917). His studies were interrupted by a year of civilian military service; he worked as a cipher-clerk in the same department as James Thurber. He graduated from Yale in 1919, submitting his third volume of poems in place of a thesis. He published his first novel The Beginning of Wisdom in 1921. BenÌ�et then moved to France to continue his studies at the Sorbonne and returned to the United States in 1923 with his new wife, the writer Rosemary Carr.
Stephen Vincent Benet Alumni Day poem, MS 327. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.