Books: Balladeer

BALLADS AND POEMS — Stephen Vincent Benet — Double day, Doran ($2.50).

Few U. S. poets have become bestsellers, but Stephen Vincent Benet turned the trick when he wrote John Brown's Body (1928). His is a Muse of a straightforward, dramatic kind, at her best in balladish vein. Into this book Poet Benet has collected his favorites from three earlier, out-of-print volumes and has added some new ones. Only a Benet enthusiast would call this book first-class, but almost anyone would grant its readability, its occasional bursts of exciting phrases.

Primarily a lyrical balladeer, Benet...

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