Benson, Stella, 1892-1933

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Benson was a British author and wife of James O'Gorman Anderson of the Chinese Customs Service.

From the description of Papers, 1923-1933 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122557496


From the description of Stella Benson papers, 1925-1932. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 123769012

Born, Shropshire, 1892; suffered poor health and as a child travelled to Switzerland and the West Indies; worked briefly with the suffragette movement, 1914; during the war involved in social work for eighteen months in Hoxton, London, later on the land; went to California, 1918; sailed for England via the Far East, 1920; married James Carew Gorman Anderson of the Chinese customs service, 1921; based in Hong Kong after her marriage and campaigned against licensed prostitution; published novels, short stories and articles, 1915-1931, including Tobit Transplanted (1931) awarded Femina Vie Heureuse Prize, 1932; died, 1933. Publications: include: I Pose (Macmillan & Co, London, 1915); This is the End (Macmillan & Co, London, 1917); Twenty [Poems] (Macmillan & Co, London, 1918); Living Alone (Macmillan & Co, London, 1919); The Poor Man (Macmillan & Co, London, 1922); The Awakening. A fantasy (Printed by Edwin and Robert Grabhorn for the Lantern Press, San Francisco, 1925); The Little World (Macmillan & Co, London, 1925); Goodbye, Stranger (Macmillan & Co, London, 1926); The Man who Missed the 'Bus (Mathews & Marrot, London, 1928); Worlds within Worlds [Sketches of travel] (Macmillan & Co, London, 1928); The Far-away Bride [With an appendix containing the Book of Tobit, from the Apocrypha] (Harper & Bros, New York & London, 1930); Tobit Transplanted (Macmillan & Co, London, 1931); Christmas Formula, and other stories (William Jackson [Joiner & Steele], London, 1932); Collected Short Stories (Macmillan & Co, London, 1936.

From the guide to the Papers of and relating to Stella Benson, novelist, [1930]-1947, (Queen Mary, University of London)

Epithet: afterwards Anderson, novelist

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000265.0x000207

Benson was an English author.

From the description of Autograph, 1929. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81570318

Stella Benson was a British novelist, poet, travel writer and a women's rights activist. In 1919 Benson lived in Berkeley, Calif., taught part-time at the University of California, Berkeley and associated with a Bohemian crowd. After her marriage to Shaemus O'Gorman Anderson, the couple moved to China where Anderson worked for the Chinese Customs Service. While stationed in Manchuria, Benson died of pneumonia in 1933.

Laura Hutton, Benson's longest and closest friend, was a psychiatrist and author of "The single woman and her emotional problems" (1935).

From the description of Stella Benson letters : to Laura Hutton : ALS, 1914-1933. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 54711852

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creatorOf Stella Benson letters, 1926-1933 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Stella Benson: Diaries and Poems, c. 1900-1933 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf The Papers of Stella Benson, 1908-1938 British Library
creatorOf Benson, Stella, 1892-1933. Papers, 1923-1933 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956. Sterling and Francine Clark Papers: Reading Library, 1707-1961. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
referencedIn Witter Bynner letters from various correspondents and other material, 1904-1962. Houghton Library
referencedIn Rosenstock autograph collection, 1800-1950 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
creatorOf Bynner, Witter,. Letters from various correspondents, 1904-1962. Houghton Library
referencedIn A. L. (Audrey Lilian) Barker Papers None., 1940s-1998 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Benson, Stella, 1892-1933. Stella Benson letters, 1926-1933. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Welch, Marie de L. (Marie de Laveaga), 1905-1974. Marie de Laveaga Welch papers, circa 1917-1974. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf MACMILLAN ARCHIVE. Vol. CLXXXVII. Correspondence with: 1. Algernon Blackwood; 1908-1920. 2. Stella Benson; 1915-1932. 3. E. E. M. Dashwood (E. M. Delafield); 1938-1941, n.d.Edmée Elizabeth Monica Dashwood, alias 'E M Delafield'; novelist: Corresponde..., 1908-1941 British Library
referencedIn Becker, May Lamberton, 1873-1958. Papers, 1925-1941. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Amy Lowell correspondence, 1883-1927 (inclusive), 1910-1925 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Alan Steele: Letters to him, 20th century Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf STELLA BENSON (b.1892, d.1933): Correspondence; 1919-1933, n.d. Mainly typewritten copies. Presented by C. H. Roberts, C.B.E., 2 March 1976. Paper. Two volumes. British Library arrangement., 1919-1933 British Library
creatorOf STELLA BENSON. Vol. I (ff. 240). Correspondence with Laura Hutton, circa 1919-1932, and letters to Winifred Holtby, circa 1929-1933. 1. ff. 1-161. Letters mostly to Laura Hutton; 1915-1930. Typewritten copies.2. f. 162. Autograph letter to Laura Hutt..., 1915-1934 British Library
creatorOf Benson, Stella, 1892-1933. Autograph, 1929. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Benson, Stella, 1892-1933. [Miscellaneous uncataloged materials], 1933. Indiana University
creatorOf Benson, Stella, 1892-1933. Stella Benson papers, 1925-1932. Library of Congress
creatorOf Benson, Stella, 1892-1933. Stella Benson letters : to Laura Hutton : ALS, 1914-1933. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Stella Benson: Correspondence and Papers, 1906-1933 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf Birdseye, John Clarence, 1826-1894. John Clarence Birdseye papers, 1850-1856. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf SCHIFF PAPERS. Vol. I (ff. 284). 1. ff. 1-54. Correspondence with Edward Godfree (al. Richard) Aldington and letters from Brigit, wife of Deighton Patmore; 1930-1950. Partly signed. 2. ff. 55-96. Letters of Stella Anderson al. 'Stella Benson'; 1924-1..., 1924-1959 British Library
referencedIn PHYLLIS BOTTOME PAPERS. VOL. XXIII. (ff. 250).1. ff. 1-173. Occasional writing and lectures, including reviews, short articles, obituaries, lectures and letters to the press; 1934-1961, n.d. Partly printed.2. ff. 174-250. BBC broadcasts, corre..., 1934-1961 British Library
creatorOf Rochberg, George. Five smooth stones : cantata-ballad : for orchestra, chorus of mixed voices, soprano solo / poem by Stella Benson ; [music by] George Rochberg. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Henderson, Walter Brooks Drayton, 1887-1939. Papers, 1916-1938. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Papers of and relating to Stella Benson, novelist, [1930]-1947 Queen Mary, University of London
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associatedWith Aylesworth, Barton O. (Barton Orville), 1860-1933 person
associatedWith Barker, A. L. (Audrey Lilian), 1918-2002 person
associatedWith Becker, May Lamberton, 1873-1958. person
associatedWith Benson, Stella person
associatedWith Birdseye, John Clarence, 1826-1894. person
associatedWith Bynner, Witter, person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
associatedWith Clark, Donald B. person
associatedWith Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956. person
correspondedWith Forster, G H, fl 1932-1947 person
associatedWith Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948. person
associatedWith Greenhood, David. person
associatedWith Henderson, Walter Brooks Drayton, 1887-1939. person
associatedWith Hutton, Laura. person
associatedWith League of Nations Society, Hong Kong corporateBody
associatedWith League of Nations Union corporateBody
correspondedWith Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925 person
associatedWith Rochberg, George. person
associatedWith Rosenstock, Fred A., b. 1895 person
associatedWith Steele, Alan person
associatedWith Tolman, Kathleen Drew. person
associatedWith University of California, Berkeley corporateBody
associatedWith Welch, Marie de L. (Marie de Laveaga), 1905-1974. person
associatedWith White, Beatrice, fl 1939-1976 person
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United States
Hong Kong
Religious activities
Women authors, English--20th century--Correspondence
Ordained missionaries
World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, English
Religious ceremony
Religious groups
Women authors, English--Autographs
English literature--20th century
Religious practice
Social structure
Marriage ceremony
Social problems


Birth 1892-01-06

Death 1933-12-06





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