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Mr Teddy

E[dward] F[rederick] Benson

Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940) was an English novelist, biographer, archaeologist and short story writer. The reviewer in The Tatler on 20th June 1917 probably described the people in the story very well:

Mr Teddy abounds in clever character studies of very real people. Mr. Benson's view may, perhaps, be limited to the circle of socially agreable people, but within that circle he sees with remarkable clarity. It is that which makes his stories so very readable. They are like pages torn out of tame lives, but rendered interesting by their cleverness and their extraordiary nearness to life. One literally sees everybody in them.

I'm sure that this review was reassuring for the readers of The Tatler. It was about them and their lives in Edwardian England when 28,000 young British men were killed, maimed or missing at the Battle of Messines.

First edition

Bibliography code: TFU-17.1

Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin

Series: none

Year: 1917

Format: 8vo

Pages: 373

Binding: Brown cloth with title and author on front in black; same on spine with publisher at base.

Size: 194 x 130 mm

Dust jacket:

Internal illustrations:

Price: 6 shillings

Printing history: First edition

Printed by: not known

Notes: The accession date of the copy in the Bodleian Library is 19 June 1917.

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