32¢ Stephen Vincent Benet
Issue Date: July 22, 1998
City: Harper’s Ferry, WV
Printed By: Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd
Printing Method: Lithographed
Born in 1898, Stephen Vincent Benet was raised to be an author. Writing both poetry and prose, Benet combined detailed accounts of historical events with fiction and folklore. Perhaps the best example of this was the short story "The Devil and Daniel Webster." Benet garnered critical acclaim for his works. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1938, and received the Pulitzer Prize for two works, "John Brown's Body" and "Western Star." In poor health for most of his life, Benet died of a heart attack at age 44.