Arthur Christopher Benson (1862-1925) published his first volume of essays in 1896. In all, he published more than seventy
books, including poetry, short stories, novels, biographies, and essays. The collection consists of correspondence and literary
manuscripts, an unpublished novel and a presentation copy of a book of Benson's poems.
Benson was born April 24, 1862; his father was Edward White Benson, who later became Archbishop of Canterbury; entered Eton
as King's scholar, 1874; went to King's College, Cambridge, 1881; returned to work at Eton, 1885-1903; published first volume
of essays, 1896; produced various works, including a biography of his father, Edward White Benson (1899), The Schoolmaster (1902), Land of Hope and Glory, and Peace and Other Poems (1905); in all, published more than seventy books, including poetry, short stories, novels, biographies, and essays; became
master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1915; died June 17, 1925 at Cambridge.
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