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Christitch, Elizabeth (Elizabeth O'Brien) (1861-1933)



  • Existence: 1861 - 1933-01-26

Biographical Note

Writer and journalist. Elizabeth O'Brien Christitch was born in Limerick, Ireland. During the First World War she worked in Belgrade for the Red Cross. She was also an original member of the Serbian Relief Fund Committee. She and her daughter Annie were held as prisoners in Serbia for three and a half years, with their release aided by the Pope. Elizabeth O'Brien Christitch was a writer, poet, and translator. She wrote under the name "Ben Hurst", and was best known for her novel The Pride of Garr (1925). She was a correspondent for the Tribe, and her translation of the Serbian National Anthem was sung in England during the War. During the Balkan War she wrote for several London daily papers and The Chicago Tribune. She died in London in 1933.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Annie and Elizabeth O'Brien Christitch papers


These papers document the professional lives of Elizabeth O'Brien Christitch and Annie Christitch, Serbian-Irish mother-and-daughter writers and political activists. Their materials include correspondence; drafts and published copies of their writing; ephemera; newspaper clippings; and photographs of their family and the International Council of Women.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1879 - 1977