Benson was born at Wellington College, educated at Eton and Cambridge and spent his life and career at both. He also had a very successful career outside of education; he was a prolific writer, the editor of Queen Victoria’s letters, lyricist and prolific diary writer.
Arthur Christopher Benson was an English essayist, poet, and author. His poems and volumes of essays, such as From a College Window, made him famous in his day. Today, he is best remembered as the author of the words to one of Britain's best-loved patriotic songs, Land of Hope and Glory.
From the foreword, by Jonathan Smith: ‘...please, can we have this man as the Minister for Education, and can we have him now.’
From the introduction, by Tony Little, Head Master of Eton College: ‘From Wellington to Orwell, Shelley to Cameron the names of distinguished Old Etonians form a rich roll call of British national life. Yet only one man has his name recorded on a commemorative blue plaque on a school building. That man is A C Benson.’
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