Benson Medal

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The Benson Medal is a medal awarded by the Royal Society of Literature in the UK.

It was founded in 1916 by A. C. Benson who was a Fellow of the Society, to honour those who produce "meritorious works in poetry, fiction, history and belles-lettres.".[1] The medal has been awarded several times to writers in other languages, and is occasionally awarded those who are not writers, but who have done conspicuous service to literature.

The medal is awarded at irregular intervals for lifelong achievement. Recipients include: Edmund Blunden, Anita Desai, Maureen Duffy,[1] E. M. Forster,[2] Christopher Fry,[1] John Gawsworth,[3] Nadine Gordimer, Philip Larkin,[1] R. K. Narayan[4] A. L. Rowse,[5] George Santayana,[1] Wole Soyinka,[6] Lytton Strachey, J. R. R. Tolkien,[1] and Helen Waddell.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f The Benson Medal from the website of the Royal Society of Literature
  2. ^ E. M. Forster from the Tiscali UK web portal
  3. ^ Two Kings of Redonda: M. P. Shiel and John Gawsworth, from a University of Iowa website
  4. ^ Narayan's author biography from the Penguin Books website
  5. ^ A. L. Rowse: Historian and friend - Obituary, a December 2001 Contemporary Review article via
  6. ^ Biography of Wole Soyinka from the website of the Echo Foundation
  7. ^ Biography of Helen Waddell, from the online Dictionary of Ulster Biography
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  9. ^ "Ms. Maureen Duffy". Debretts. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Desai, Anita (1937-)". Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  11. ^ University archivist wins top international prize, from the University of Reading website
  12. ^ Fry, Christopher. International Who's Who. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
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  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "The Benson Medal". Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 9 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "Wole Soyinka Biography". Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "Nadine Gordimer Biography". Net Industries. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  17. ^ a b Dictionary of National Biography
  18. ^ "R.K.Narayan". Penguin Books. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  19. ^ "Philip Larkin". Experience Literature Poetry. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  20. ^ "Facts and History about Professor Tolkien and his books". Skies of Rohan. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  21. ^ "E(dward) M(organ) Forster". Retrieved 11 August 2010.