Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
January 2005

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


William Benjamin Basel King


King, William Benjamin Basil (1859-1928), novelist, was born at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on February 26, 1859; and was educated at King's College, Windsor (B.A., 1881). He took orders in the Church of England, and was rector successively of St. Luke's pro-cathedral in Halifax and of Christ Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts . He lost his eyesight, and turned to the writing of novels, in which he achieved a considerable success. He died at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 22, 1928. His novels included Griselda (Chicago, 1900), Let not man put asunder (New York, 1901), In the garden of charity (New York, 1903), The steps of honor (New York, 1904), The giant's strength (New York, 1907), The inner shrine (New York, 1909), Wild olive (New York, 1910), The street called straight (New York, 1912), The side of the angels (New York, 1916), The high heart (New York, 1917), The lifted veil (New York, 1917), The city of comrades (New York, 1919), The thread of flame (New York, 1920), The empty sack (New York, 1921), The happy isles (New York, 1923), High forfeit (New York, 1925), and Pluck (New York, 1928) ; and he was the author of several books on religion and spiritualism.

Source : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. III, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 396p., p. 335.

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