Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Benson, Stella
Birth Name: Stella Benson
Married Name: Stella Anderson
Used Form: Nikolai Gerasimovich Savin
's fiction and travel-writing, and also her poetry and diaries, are rich in visual impact and imaginative oddity. She is an acute observer of material and emotional reality of the earlier twentieth century, into which she regularly introduces an element of the fantastical. Though a serious political activist (about suffrage and prostitution), she is a very funny writer. She has no truck with what she calls the English craving for cold moderation in words.
Benson, Stella. The Little World. Macmillan, 1928.
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(not to be confused with the nineteenth-century US painter George Catlin) was the only child of a Congregational minister and his pro-suffragette wife, whose feminist beliefs combined with her husband's growing hostility eventually ended...
Family and Intimate relationships
The novelist, poet, travel-writer, and diarist Stella Benson
Since, however, writing seemed unlikely to yield her a livelihood, she went immediately to work as assistant secretary for the Charity Organization Society
, Chelsea branch. This paid her twenty-three shillings a week, with hours...
Woolf's attitude to this honour (which, however, was unusual in that she did not decline it) remained deprecating and satirical. She called it the most insignificant and ridiculous of prizes
Woolf, Virginia. The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Nicolson, Nigel and Joanne TrautmannEditors , Hogarth Press, 1980.
and my dog...
's novels, tackling the complex philosophical and social issues that faced people in European countries in the years after the Great War, have been largely, if not entirely, forgotten. Her death at thirty-nine years...
His selection was resolutely unfashionable, favouring Hardy
at the expense of Eliot
. He was, however, remarkably generous in his selection of women poets (often for just one or two poems...
published a short memorial volume, Stella Benson, praising her friend's courage, wit, and selflessness.
Over the years, RM
published several dozen literary articles in a wide range of magazines, newspapers, and commemorative volumes. She wrote on past and contemporary literary figures, including Leslie Stephen
, Stella Benson
, Rebecca West