Stella Benson

Standard Name: Benson, Stella
Birth Name: Stella Benson
Married Name: Stella Anderson
Used Form: Nikolai Gerasimovich Savin
SB '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.
Cover of Stella Benson's "I Pose", 1916. It is green, with the author's name, title, and a flower emblem in embossed gold lettering.
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Family and Intimate relationships Mary Cholmondeley
The novelist, poet, travel-writer, and diarist Stella Benson was MC 's niece.
Family and Intimate relationships Vera Brittain
Catlin (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...
Friends, Associates Winifred Holtby
Through her work with the Six Point Group and Time and Tide, WH met the founder of both, Margaret Haig, Lady Rhondda . Their professional relationship grew into a friendship, and WH dedicated her...
Friends, Associates Naomi Mitchison
NM 's adult friends included artists and writers such as Gertrude Hermes , Storm Jameson , Goldie Lowes Dickinson , Julian Trevelyan , Gerald Heard , and Rudi Messel . Among the close friends were...
Friends, Associates Phyllis Bottome
Her English literary friends included Stella Benson and Daphne Du Maurier .
Occupation Naomi Jacob
The Women's Emergency Corps was founded by a group of women, including actresses Eva and Decima Moore and (according to Jacob) Gertrude Kingston . Jacob's fellow volunteers there included Stella Benson and Viola Meynell ....
Occupation Margaret Haig, Viscountess Rhondda
Women contributors ranged widely: Rebecca West , Stella Benson , Cicely Hamilton , Members of Parliament Lady Nancy Astor and Ellen Wilkinson , Virginia Woolf , Naomi Mitchison , E. M. Delafield , Rose Macaulay
Occupation Ann Bridge
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...
Reception Romer Wilson
RW '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...
Reception Virginia Woolf
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.
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Textual Features Philip Larkin
His selection was resolutely unfashionable, favouring Hardy and Betjeman at the expense of Eliot and Pound . He was, however, remarkably generous in his selection of women poets (often for just one or two poems...
Textual Production Rose Macaulay
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
Textual Production Phyllis Bottome
PB published a short memorial volume, Stella Benson, praising her friend's courage, wit, and selflessness.
Bottome, Phyllis. Stella Benson. Grabhorn Press, 1934.


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