Stella Benson: Correspondence and Papers

Scope and Content

Correspondence, sketches, poems, programmes, photographs, menus, pressed flowers and leaves, newspaper cuttings, etc., 397 items. The correspondents include Shaemas Anderson, Nigel Bengough, George Benson (brother), A. Bullard, Mary Cholmondeley (aunt), and Brooks Henderson.

Administrative / Biographical History

Stella Benson (1892-1933) published short stories, travel sketches, poems, and novels. Her works included the novel Tobit Transplanted (1931). She travelled widely before marrying James Carew O'Gorman Anderson in 1921. Anderson worked for the customs service in China, where she lived after their marriage.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by Stella Benson (Mrs Anderson), 1934.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Stella Benson in the Concise Dictionary of National Biography, Part II, 1901-1970, p. 15 (Oxford University Press, 1982).

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