Edward Frederic Benson

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Edward Frederic Benson (24 July 1867 – 29 February 1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist and short story writer, known professionally as E.F. Benson. His friends called him Fred.



E.F. Benson was born at Wellington College in Berkshire, the fifth child of the headmaster, Edward White Benson (later Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral, Bishop of Truro and Archbishop of Canterbury), and Mary Sidgwick Benson ("Minnie"), who was described by Gladstone as the 'cleverest woman in Europe' and after her husband's death set up a lesbian household with Lucy Tait, daughter of the previous Archbishop of Canterbury, Archibald Campbell Tait[1].

Benson was educated at Marlborough College where he wrote some of his earliest works, and upon which he based his novel David Blaize.

Benson was the younger brother of Arthur Christopher Benson, who wrote the words to "Land of Hope and Glory", Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, author of several novels and Roman Catholic apologetic works, and Margaret Benson (Maggie) an amateur Egyptologist. Two other siblings died young. Benson's parents had six children and no grand-children. E. F. Benson never married. Like his brothers, he is presumed to be homosexual.[2][3] The reasons for this include the camp humour of his novels, the homoeroticism of his university novels, such as David Blaize (1916), his love of the company of handsome young men, and his close friendships with known homosexuals such as John Ellingham Brooks with whom he shared a villa in Capri[4]. Prior to the First World War the island was a mecca for wealthy homosexuals.

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