John Brown's Body

Stephen Vincent Benét

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John Brown's Body is an epic poem by American poet Stephen Vincent Benét, first published in 1928. Benét wrote it while living in Paris after recieving a Guggenheim Fellowship award. Covering the history of the American Civil War, the title references John Brown - an American abolitionist leader who was hanged for treason after trying to arm slaves with weapons - and is a monumental poem that gives a compelling and moving account of the war, and the lives of the soldiers, leaders, and civilians who were part of it. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1929. In 1953, the poem was performed as a dramatic reading on Broadway, and has been included in the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry.

The 1929 Poetry winner in the Pulitzer Prize list.

This book has 106,345 words, 279 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1928.

Production notes: This ebook of John Brown's Body was published by Global Grey in 2021, and updated on the 4th February 2024. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Last Moments of John Brown' by Thomas Hovenden.

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