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Book Title: By the Waters of Babylon|
The author of the book: Stephen Vincent Benét
ISBN 13: 9780895986900
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.44 MB
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Edition: Perfection Learning
Date of issue: January 1st 2000
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Reader ratings: 5.7
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"By the Waters of Babylon" is a really well written story, with so many effects going into the theme. I was also impressed with how well thought out it was and how many clues there were to what was going on. At first, I didn't get that ASHING was George wASHINGton, and I didn't understand why the main character was so obsessed with food in a jar. But now I get it. The nuclear bombs, can't grow food, too poisonous. That's why they only eat meat and good hunters are so important. And I also think that the "quest" the priests go on… they all go to the place where the main character did. They do that so that someone in each generation will know why it's important not to become too knowledgeable, like the people who were destroyed. I was just really impressed.
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Read information about the authorStephen Vincent Benét was born July 22, 1898, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, into a military family. His father had a wide appreciation for literature, and Benét's siblings, William Rose and Laura, also became writers. Benét attended Yale University where he published two collections of poetry, Five Men and Pompey (1915), The Drug-Shop (1917). His studies were interrupted by a year of civilian military service; he worked as a cipher-clerk in the same department as James Thurber. He graduated from Yale in 1919, submitting his third volume of poems in place of a thesis. He published his first novel The Beginning of Wisdom in 1921. Benét then moved to France to continue his studies at the Sorbonne and returned to the United States in 1923 with his new wife, the writer Rosemary Carr.
Benét was successful in many different literary forms, which included novels, short stories, screenplays, radio broadcasts, and a libretto for an opera by Douglas Moore based on "The Devil and Daniel Webster." His most famous work is the long poem John Brown's Body for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1929—a long narrative poem which interweaves historical and fictional characters to relate important events in the Civil War, from the raid on Harper's Ferry to Lee's surrender at Appomattox. During his lifetime, Benét also received the O. Henry Story Prize, the Roosevelt Medal, and a second Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for the posthumously-published Western Star, the first part of an epic poem based on American history. At the age of 44, Benét suffered a heart attack and died on March 13, 1943, in New York City.
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