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Only in a time when the pressure of the world amounts to angst and the fight for freedom can a world advance in its literary achievements A writer just like an artist builds his creations from the mood and settings of the surrounding atmosphere In the first half of the twentieth century the atmosphere was filled with resources to stimulate literary creativity such as the second World War and the Great Depression Roache 102 14 The social genre of the time gave way to the broad appeal to American life and the focus of freedom leading to original stories and historical themes Folsom 3 953 Of course the past would remain a constant influence Some common topics were the Civil War and the settlement of western US frontier life Magill 1 174 Stephen Vincent Benet took all these factors into mind during his life as a twentieth century writerpoet Keeping the times the life and the literature of Stephen Vincent Benet a major part of his influence and achievements he helped push America towards a united cultural victoryStephen Vincent Benet was born in Bethlehem Pennsylvania to James Walker Benet a career military officer and Francis Neill Rose Benet on the twenty-second of July 1898 Roache 102 11 13 He described himself as a positive-thinking and modest man who is thin attractive vivacious whereas his wife and his mother-in-law would consider him a plain tall large biter-of-nails who carries a foolish expression but whose intellect is too much for words Parsekian 1He couldnt have been too foolish of a person due to his positive upbringing Benets parents planned for him to be a success in whatever he chose to do Their open-mindedness encouraged him to explore books and ideas in a professional state as well as to appreciate and take literature and history very seriously Roache 102 13 Because of this upbringing all three Benet children became poets and authors Stephen Vincent Benet was the youngest
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