William Rose Benét Papers
Scope and Contents
Collection material is chiefly in English; with some material in French, Italiana, Russian, and Hebrew.
- 1847 - 1957
- Majority of material found within 1920 - 1950
Conditions Governing Access
Box 100 (cold storage): Restricted fragile material. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Boxes 131-133, 135: Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
71.70 Linear Feet (127 boxes + 4 broadside folders, 3 art, 1 cold storage)
William Rose Benét (1886-1950)
Benét was educated at Albany Academy before attending Yale College (1903-1907), where he served as editor of the Yale Courant and contributed to the Yale Record. After college, Benét went to work for Century Magazine as a reader. He served in the U.S. Air Services during the First World War, and after the war took work as a copy writer for an advertising firm. In 1920, Henry Seidel Canby brought Benét on as an assistant editor at the New York Evening Post. In 1923, Canby, Benét, and fellow editors Amy Loveman and Christopher Morley left the Post to form the Saturday Review, originally known as the Saturday Review of Literature.
Benét was the author of several collections of poetry, a novel, and a collection of essays. His autobiography in verse, The Dust Which Is God (1941), was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1942. In addition to his long-standing (1923-1950) position with the Saturday Review, Benét contributed to several compilations of English-language poetry and literature. Titles include The Oxford Anthology of American Literature and The Reader's Encyclopedia (1947).
Benét was married four times: first to Teresa Frances Thomson (1912-1919), with whom he had three children, then to the poet Elinor Wylie (1923-1928), to Lora Baxter (1932-1937), and lastly, to children's book author Majorie Flack (1941-1950).
Summary information is also available in the standard print and online biographical resources.
Former call numbers: Za Benet, Za B437 +1, Za B437 +2, Za B437 +G1, and Za B437 +S1.
- American literature -- 20th Century
- Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973
- Authors -- United States -- 20th Century
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Bacon, Leonard, 1887-1954
- Benét, Rosemary, 1900-1962
- Benét, Stephen Vincent, 1898-1943
- Benét, William Rose, 1886-1950
- Berryman, John, 1914-1972
- Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979
- Cather, Willa, 1873-1947
- Chubb, Thomas Caldecot, 1899-1972
- Coudert Brothers
- Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962
- Dalven, Rae, 1904-
- Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970
- Editors -- United States -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Field, Sara Bard, 1882-1974
- Flack, Marjorie, 1897-1958
- Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939
- Frost, Robert, 1874-1963
- H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), 1886-1961
- Harrold, Charles Frederick, 1897-1948
- Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963
- Ingalls, Jeremy, 1911-2000
- Jeffers, Robinson, 1887-1962
- Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951
- Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972
- Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957
- Photographic prints
- Poets -- United States -- 20th Century
- Poets, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972
- Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964
- Speyer, Leonora, 1872-1956
- Teasdale, Sara, 1884-1933
- Trausil, Hans, 1890-
- Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937
- Wood, Charles Erskine Scott, 1852-1944
- Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941
- Wylie, Elinor, 1885-1928
- Yale University. Alumni
- Guide to the William Rose Benét Papers
- Michael L. Forstrom
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English