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Laura Benét

Birthplace: Ft. Hamilton, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States
Death: Died in New York, Manhattan, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Arlington, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Col. James Walker Benét and Frances Neill Benét
Sister of William Rose Benét and Stephen Vincent Benét

Occupation: Poet, Editor, Novelist, and Biographer
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About Laura Benét

  • I saw Time in a dream and he was fair
  • As a May hillside or a sparkling river.
  • Enveloped in warm sun, benignant air,
  • He stood – no reaper but a lavish giver.
  • His open hands tossed years to spend and spare.
  • I saw Time in a dream and oh, how fair!

- In Love with Time

Social worker, newspaper editor, poet, novelist and biographer, Laura Benét was born June 13, 1884 in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, New York.  She was the daughter of James Walker, an army officer, and Frances Neill Rose and the elder sister to two very important literary figures: Saturday Review editor William Rose Benet (18 months younger) and Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Vincent (12 years younger). 

Benét graduated from the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, received a bachelor’s degree at Vassar College in 1907, and a litt.D degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1967.

As a social worker, she worked for places like Spring Street Settlement (1913-1916) and Children’s Aid Society (1917) in New York City.  After retiring from social work, she worked for several New York newspapers as an editor.  She was an assistant editor of book page at the New York Evening Post (1926-1928), an assistant to book page editor at the New York Evening Sun (1928-1929), and a substitute review editor of the New York Times (1930).

During her time as a writer, she wrote children’s books, novels, poetry, and biographies.  Benét belonged to the Poetry Society of America, PEN, Women Poets, Craftsman Group, and the Pen and Brush Club (honorary).  In 1936, she received a medal as an honor poet from the National Poetry Center.  Her poems were recorded at the Library of Congress in 1958. Laura Benét lived in New York City and died on February 17, 1979.  She was buried in Section 6 of the Arlington National Cemetery with her parents.

Profile photo: Laura on left, with brothers Stephen Vincent Benet and William Rose Benet.

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Laura Benét's Timeline

June 13, 1884
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States
February 17, 1979
Age 94
New York, Manhattan, New York, United States
February 1979
Age 94
Arlington, Virginia, United States
- present
Troy, NY
- 1907
Poughkeepsie, NY
- 1967
Bethlehem, PA