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WILLIAM ROSE BENET - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/06/1940 - HFSID 73285

WILLIAM ROSE BENET In a signed, handwritten letter, he calls his late wife Elinor Wylie the model for a character in his poem "The Dust Which Is God," which later won a Pulitzer Prize. ALS: "William Rose Benet", 2 pages, 5¾x7, conjoined leaves. New York, N.Y., 1940 December 6.

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WILLIAM ROSE BENET
In a signed, handwritten letter, he calls his late wife Elinor Wylie the model for a character in his poem "The Dust Which Is God," which later won a Pulitzer Prize.
ALS: "William Rose Benet", 2 pages, 5¾x7, conjoined leaves. New York, N.Y., 1940 December 6. On his personal letterhead to "Dear Mrs.[Jonathan Mayhew]Wainwright". In full: "It was very kind of you to ask for me! I could stay over for a morning train, if this would not inconvenience you. Last year I had a bout of coronary thrombosis about this time, so I should greatly appreciate it if there were not too many people - sorry to sound so awful! a few are all right. I will try to find you a photograph. You should certainly have one. Elinor was so fond of you. I'll send some of my own. I'm finishing a long novel in verse in which I try to 'reproduce' Elinor somewhat as one named 'Sylvia Chantry'. There are hints of her anyway. Dodd, Mead will eventually bring it out. It's to be called 'The Dust Which Is God' (from Swinburne's 'Hertha'). I remember you with real friendship & shall look forward to the 16th. Very sincerely yours" [signature] I shall telegraph time of my arrival." William Rose Benet (1886-1950), the brother of poet Stephen Vincent Benet (1898-1943) and husband of poet and novelist Elinor Wylie (1885-1928), founded the "Saturday Review of Literature" (1924), editing it until his death. He was also an accomplished poet, winning the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry (1942) for "The Dust Which is God." The work, an autobiographical novel in verse, is full of allusions to the literary and social history of early 20th century America. Fine condition.

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