BENSON, John. British, b. 1945. Genres: Economics, History. Career: Sunderland Polytechnic, Sunderland, England, lecturer in history, 1973-74; Lady Mabel College of Education, Rotherham, England, lecturer in history, 1974-76; Wolverhampton Polytechnic, Wolverhampton University, England, lecturer, 1976-77, senior lecturer, 1977-86, professor of history, 1986-. Publications: British Coal Miners in the Nineteenth Century, 1980; The Penny Capitalists: A Study of Nineteenth-Century Working-Class Entrepreneurs, 1983; The Working Class in Britain: 1850-1939, 1989; Entrepreneurism in Canada, 1990; The Rise of Consumer Society in Britain 1880-1980, 1994; Prime Time: A History of the Middle Aged in Twentieth-Century Britain, 1997. EDITOR: (with R.G. Neville) Studies in the Yorkshire Coal Industry, 1976; (with R.G. Neville and C.H. Thompson) Bibliography of the British Coal Industry, 1981; The Working Class in England: 1875-1914, 1984; (with G. Shaw) The Evolution of Retail Systems, c. 1800-1914, 1992. Author of articles, chapters, reviews. Address: History Div., University of Wolverhampton, Wultruna St, Wolverhampton WV1 1SB, England.