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date: 28 January 2020

Benét, Stephen Vincentlocked

(22 July 1898–13 March 1943)
  • John Griffith

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Benét, Stephen Vincent (22 July 1898–13 March 1943), writer, was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the son of James W. Benét, a career officer in the U.S. Army, and Frances Neill Rose. The Benét household was extremely literary. Benét’s father, whose military specialty was ordnance, loved to read, recite, and discuss poetry. Writing some years after his death, Benét said of his father, “He was interested in everything from the Byzantine emperors to the development of heavy ordnance, and was the finest critic of poetry I have ever known.” Benét’s mother was also an avid reader and the author of occasional verse. His brother, ...

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