Stella Gibbons

(1742 words)

Stella Gibbons was born in January 1902, into a melodramatic, violent family who were not dissimilar to the Starkadders in her novel Cold Comfort Farm (1932). She was the first of three children born to Telford Gibbons, a doctor, and his wife Maudie; and she spent her whole life in the Hampstead area of North London. Stella was close to her mother and brothers, but her father and grandfather made her childhood miserable with their self-dramatising scenes and emotional outpourings. Telford was depressive, tyrannical and a drunkard; he once threw a knife at Maudie, and he had a series of affairs with the governesses and maids he employed. As a young girl, Stella Gibbons sought refuge in literature. She began writing poetry at 1…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Hammill, Faye. "Stella Gibbons". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 March 2001
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]

Articles on Gibbons' works

  1. Cold Comfort Farm