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A witch’s perspective on world war.
“Now there is hardly anything but magic abroad before seven o'clock in the morning. Only the disciples of magic like getting their feet wet, and being furiously happy on an empty stomach.” ― Stella Benson, Living Alone
An intricate, unusual early feminist bestiary set in a Great War which lasted into the 1920s; Living Alone blends magic and aerial broomstick dogfights over London, bombings which wake the dead, and a tangible sense of the ethereal.
“Miss Benson has a delicious sense of humor, and her way of describing people and things is most refreshing. With her sympathy, her realism, her wit and ability, it would seem that Miss Benson’s possibilities are limitless.” -The Bookman
“She has unusual originality, illuminating wit, deep feeling, and a gift for startling epigram.” -Daily Graphic
“Beautiful is none too grand a word for ‘Living Alone.’ The book teems with beautiful ideas, beautiful imaginings, best of all – beautiful feelings. There are things in it which those able to see what Miss Benson is after will recognize as inspired.” -The Times
“Nearly every sentence that Miss Benson writes has a point, and the waywardness of her fancy is irresistible.” -Daily Telegraph
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Stella Benson (1892-1933) was an English feminist travel writer and novelist. Stella was noted for being compassionate and interested in social issues. Like her older female relatives, she supported women's suffrage. During World War I, she supported the troops by gardening and by helping poor women in London's East End at The Charity Organisation Society. These efforts inspired Benson to write novels I Pose (1915) and This Is the End (1917). She took on a job at The University of California as a tutor, then as an editorial reader for The University Press. These experiences inspired her next work, The Poor Man (1922). Benson's writings kept coming, but her later works are not well known today. Goodbye, Stranger was written in 1926, followed by The Man Who Missed the Bus in 1928 and finally Tobit Transplanted in 1930, which won the Femina Vie Heureuse Prize.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1523217685