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WILLIAM ROSE BENET - COLLECTION - HFSID 324128

Three piece collection featuring a signed newspaper clipping of Benet's poem Dunkerque, inscribed to a Mrs. J.M. Wainwright alongside an accompanying handwritten letter and envelope referencing the poem!

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Condition: slightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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WILLIAM ROSE BENET "DUNKERQUE" COLLECTION
Three piece collection featuring a signed newspaper clipping of Benet's poem Dunkerque, inscribed to a Mrs. J.M. Wainwright alongside an accompanying handwritten letter and envelope referencing the poem!
"Dunkerque" Poem Collection: Three Items! Inscribed poem signed: "For Mrs. Wainwright/ From/ William Rose Benet" in black ink. 3¼x17½ newspaper clipping from The New York Post's October 17, 1940 edition. Featuring Benet's poem Dunkerque. Irregularly cut. Very toned. Edges frayed. Light surface creases. Deep fold creases. Otherwise, fine condition. Autograph letter signed: "William Rose Benet" in black ink. 1 page, 5¾x7¾. Written on personal stationary. In full: "Dear Mrs. Wainwright: Here is a copy of "Dunkenque" [not included] & I'll write the British Library of Information & get you a copy of "Prayer for England". Also I won't forget Elinor's picture. As I said before I enjoyed seeing you & talking in Scranton very much indeed! Sincerely". Normal mailing folds. Toned. Light surface creases. Corners rounded. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition. Autograph envelope signed: "WR Benet" in return address. 5¼x4 envelope addressed to Mrs. J.M. Wainwright of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Postmarked December 17, 1940. New York City, New York. Slightly worn and soiled. Toned. Corners creased. Top edge cut open. Ink stamps throughout. Sticker affixed on verso. WILLIAM ROSE BENET (1886-1950), the brother of poet Stephen Vincent Benét (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.

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