A. C. Benson

(1862—1925) poet and college head

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eldest surviving son of E. W. Benson (1829–96), archbishop of Canterbury, and brother of E. F. and R. H. Benson. He published many volumes of biography, family reminiscences, reflection, criticism, etc., and had a facility for writing public odes and verses, typified by his ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. From 1897 until 1925 he kept a diary; extracts were published by Lubbock in 1926, and David Newsome makes use of them in his biography On the Edge of Paradise: A. C. Benson, the Diarist (1980).

Subjects: Literature.

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