British writer A. C. Benson is best remembered as a contributor to the genre of horror, having produced a series of groundbreaking ghost stories. But hailing from an exceptionally intellectual and well-read family, Benson's knowledge and insight far exceeded the realm of supernatural fiction. The Silent Isle is a volume of keenly observed personal essays that depict a young man stalled at a crossroads in life.
The novel Beside Still Waters from British writer Arthur Christopher Benson offers an in-depth look at the life of one Hugh Neville, beginning with his earliest childhood recollections and concluding in his old age. Through spiritual crises and personal tragedies, Hugh's indefatigable spirit and unique outlook on life remain unscathed. It's an inspirational and engaging look at a life well lived.
This epistolary novel from writer A. C. Benson explores the friendship between a schoolmaster, T. B. (whom many critics regard as a stand-in for Benson), and his old friend Herbert. Over the course of dozens of letters, the details of both correspondents' lives and pasts are revealed, as are their opinions and beliefs on a wide range of topics.
British author and educator Arthur Christopher Benson was no stranger to tragedy, but throughout his many collections of thoughtful essays, he seemed to have found solace in philosophical and spiritual views of suffering. He addresses this question via the framework of fantasy fiction in the stunning novel The Child of the Dawn, which posits a unique and fascinating view of what transpires after one's mortal life has come to an end.
The British author Arthur Christopher Benson was never content to fall back on the typical narrative structure when it came to his novels, and The Altar Fire is definitely no exception. In a series of letters, it tells the tale of a successful novelist who falls on hard times in the aftermath of finishing a large fiction project. But in addition to cataloguing tragedies, this is also a story of redemption -- though the path the protagonist takes to get to a better place is unexpected.
Born into a family of prominent thinkers, intellectuals and professors, A. C. Benson and several of his brothers would later apply their imaginative gifts in an unusual way: advancing the horror genre. This comprehensive collection brings together most of the spine-chilling ghost stories that Benson produced throughout his career.
Ironically, the tales of fantasy and the supernatural collected in the volume The Isles of Sunset, which would become some of Arthur Christopher Benson's best-known work, were probably never intended for publication. Found by his brothers after Arthur's death, it is believed that he penned these tales as moral parables for his students at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he served as master.
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