Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Benson, A C

 Icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com

(1862-1925) UK essayist, journal-keeper and writer of some fiction; elder brother of E F Benson and Robert Hugh Benson. Much closer to M R James than to either brother, ACB can be considered a member of the James Gang because of the academic, antiquarian tone of his stories. The most notable are collected in The Hill of Trouble and Other Stories (coll 1903) and The Isles of Sunset (coll 1904), both assembled as Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories (omni 1911); it is also possible that ACB was the "B" who wrote several Ghost Stories in the same mode, set in typical college surroundings; the best are assembled as When the Door Is Shut (coll 1986 chap). The two novellas under his own name collected in Basil Netherby (coll 1926) display a similar aspiring wistfulness, a precarious indecision about the advisability of penetrating Thresholds into the antique-visaged unknown. The Child of the Dawn (1912) is a mild-mannered Utopia. [JC]

Arthur Christopher Benson


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.