(1871-1914) UK writer, younger brother of A C Benson and E F Benson, and the most overtly religious of the three – their father, Edward White Benson (1829-1896) was Archbishop of Canterbury. The stories assembled in The Light Invisible (coll 1903), published in the year RHB converted to Roman Catholicism, utilize supernatural devices for homiletic purposes, as does the sequence of Club Stories assembled in A Mirror of Shalott, Composed of Tales Told at a Symposium (coll 1907; cut 1907 US). More impressively, The Necromancers (1909) treats Spiritualism as a form of Necromancy through the story of a young Roman Catholic convert who almost loses his Soul when he communicates with the Spirit of his dead fiancée. [JC]
other works: The Lord of the World (1907), in which the Antichrist gains a brief victory, and its sequel, The Dawn of All (1911).
Robert Hugh Benson