WILLIAM ROSE BENET HANDWRITTEN LTR SIGNED, "William Rose Benet", founder of the Saturday Review of Literature (1924), May 14, 1942 (the year he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and just five months after the United States entered WWII). In part: "...I have heard many better interpretations of War...As for this war, it should enlist our best energies to keep Hitler's 'dynamic Lie' from conquering the world...Poets have not written ever in praise of stupidity...." The comment about "Hitler's lie" refers to Hitler's recasting, in Mein Kampt, of his experiences on Nov. 9, 1918 and the failed coup of Nov 9, 1923 and then re-enforced by Goebbels who deliberately organized the Kristallnacht on Nov 9, 1938. In fine condition, with normal letter folds.
William Rose Benet (1886-1950) In 1942, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He began the Saturday Review of Literature in 1924 and continued to edit and write for it until his death. He was the older brother of Stephen Vincent Benet.