Stella Benson (1294 words)

Marlene Baldwin Davis (College of William and Mary )
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  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume Modern Chinese Writing and Culture, 1900-present.


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Feminist, travel writer, novelist and story writer, Stella Benson (1892-1933) left a significant – and often irreverent – record of life during the late teens, twenties and early thirties in England, the US, Hong Kong and China. Her early experimental psychological fantasies, set in England during World War I, continue to offer insights into the time and the place. Her later more sophisticated works set in China won immediate literary recognition and even now provide an important understanding of the complex cultures of the China Benson knew, one which few other Westerns knew or wrote about. Yet her best writing, as well as her most astute observations on world events during an important part of the twentieth century, is found in …

Citation: Baldwin Davis, Marlene. "Stella Benson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 May 2004 [, accessed 10 July 2020.]

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