William Rose Benét
William Rose Benét (1886-1950) was an American author, brother of Stephen Vincent Benét. His works include the Oxford Anthology of American Literature (editor, 1938), and The Dust Which Is God (1941). He won a Pulitzer Prize for The Dust Which Is God.
Life and Works
Benét was born February 2, 1886, in Brooklyn, New York, but was raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and attended Yale University. He was a founding member and contributor to the Saturday Review of Literature and wrote many volumes of poetry, including Merchants from Cathay (1913), The Great White Wall (1916), and A Man Possessed (1927). He married four times and fathered at least three children. His best known work, however, is likely The Dust Which is God, a partially autobiographical novel which states that man changes himself from dust via affirmation. He created his own encyclopedia, The Reader's Encyclopedia in 1948, and died on May 4, 1950, in New York City.
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