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E F Benson

Edward Frederic Benson

Born 24 July 1867; Died 29 February 1940

Occupation - Novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist, short story writer

E.F Benson writer of fiction, reminiscences and biographies, of which the best remembered are his arch, satirical novels and his autobiographical studies of Edwardian and Georgian society.

The son of E.W. Benson, an archbishop of Canterbury (1883-96), he was educated at Marlborough School and at King's College, Cambridge.  After graduation he worked from 1892 to 1895 in Athens for the British School of Archaeology and later in Egypt for the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies.

In 1893 he published Dodo, a novel attracted wide attention.  It was followed by a number of other successful novels - such as Mrs Ames (1912), Queen Lucia (1920), Miss Mapp (1922) and Lucia in London (1927) and books on a wide range of subjects, totalling nearly 100.

 

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