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Science-fiction & fantasy literature: a critical list with discussions.

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Stella Benson

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Standard Disclaimer:

This is a brief discussion of Stella Benson and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Benson.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Benson: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Benson tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Benson worthy; in sum, to help you rank Stella Benson (and the works by Benson listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.

Secondary Disclaimer:
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.

A Few Words About Stella Benson

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed farther down this page.

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Other Stella Benson Resources

Stella Benson Resources on the Web

Even in her time, Stella Benson tended to be somewhat overlooked, though at her death one reviewer classed her as one of the four great female writers of the century (up to 1933), on a par with Virginia Woolf (with whom she was personally acquainted) and well ahead of Willa Cather. Sic transit gloria mundis. There is today only one decent article on her, "Unearthing Stella Benson" (at The Imaginary Museum), anywhere on the web. There are a few other scanty pages with no information beyond what is in the cited page, and not even any competent reviews of her best-known (or best-surviving today) work, Living Alone. About all esle worth seeing is on the page The Diaries of Stella Benson, which is just some comments on and some brief extracts from her extensive travel diaries (said to be wonderful reading themselves).

Stella Benson Resources in Print

The number of books about Benson is in curious contrast to the paucity of current information about her (or, sad to say, interest in her books). Most (all but one, I believe) of these are obscure and likely hard to find, but they exist.

Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Stella Benson **

(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)

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