Gerald Stanley Lee (1862-1944) was an American Congregational clergyman and the author of numerous books and essays. Lee was "a frequent contributor of reviews to the Critic and other periodicals and wrote books on religion, modern culture, and physical fitness."
Lee was opposed to U.S. entry into World War I, writing essays and editorials characterizing the war as a clumsy effort of the nations involved to communicate their desires and one that could be settled without any U.S. intervention. This drew a harsh rebuke from G. K. Chesterton, who criticized Lee for imagining that the war then underway could be ended by mere discussion and for treating the warring forces as if they were on equal moral footing.
Gerald Stanley Lee at his Driftwood Desk, August 18, 1941. Photo by G. Herbert Whitney.
Lee and his wife Jennette and daughter Geraldine summered on Monhegan Island, Maine, for over 30 years. He published a ten-cent magazine, Mount Tom, in Northampton, Massachusetts. A collection of his writings from this period is in the book Thoughts from a Driftwood Desk by P. Kent Royka.