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The Climber

(1908)
A novel by

 
Edward Frederic Benson (24 July 1867 - 29 February 1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist 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").

Benson was educated at Temple Grove School, then at Marlborough College, where he wrote some of his earliest works and upon which he based his novel David Blaize. He continued his education at King's College, Cambridge. At Cambridge, he was a member of the Pitt Club, and later in life he became an honorary fellow of Magdalene College.

E.F. 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 grandchildren. E. F. Benson never married, and is likely to have been homosexual. Certainly this reveals itself through the camp humour of his novels, the implicit homoeroticism of his university works such as David Blaize (1916), his love of the company of handsome men, and his close friendships with known homosexuals such as John Ellingham Brooks with whom he shared a villa in Capri. Prior to the First World War the island was extremely popular with wealthy gay men.

E. F. Benson was an excellent athlete, and represented England at figure skating. He was a precocious and prolific writer, publishing his first book while still a student. Nowadays he is principally known for his Mapp and Lucia series about Emmeline "Lucia" Lucas and Elizabeth Mapp.

In London, Benson also lived at 395 Oxford Street, W1 (now the branch of Russell & Bromley just west of Bond Street Underground Station), 102 Oakley Street, SW3, and 25 Brompton Square, SW3, where much of the action of Lucia in London takes place and where English Heritage placed a Blue Plaque in 1994.

Benson died in 1940 of throat cancer in University College Hospital, London.

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Hardback Editions

September 2015 : Hardback
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Title: The Climber
Author(s): E F 1867-1940 Benson
ISBN: 1-341-59767-9 / 978-1-341-59767-1
Publisher: Palala Press
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Climber (1912)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-164-35211-3 / 978-1-164-35211-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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June 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Climber (1912)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-4365-8704-2 / 978-1-4365-8704-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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Paperback Editions

July 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Climber (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-331-08098-3 / 978-1-331-08098-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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March 2016 : Paperback
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Title: The Climber
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-5307-2177-6 / 978-1-5307-2177-1
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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October 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Climber
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-289-76671-1 / 978-1-289-76671-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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March 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Climber...
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-277-80335-8 / 978-1-277-80335-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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January 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Climber
Author(s): E F (Edward Frederic) Benson
ISBN: 1-290-33606-7 / 978-1-290-33606-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HardPress Publishing
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August 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The climber
Author(s): E F 1867-1940 Benson
ISBN: 1-175-47457-6 / 978-1-175-47457-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Climber (1912)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-164-09717-2 / 978-1-164-09717-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The climber
Author(s): E F 1867-1940 Benson
ISBN: 1-177-15645-8 / 978-1-177-15645-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The climber
Author(s): E F 1867-1940 Benson
ISBN: 1-176-25695-5 / 978-1-176-25695-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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April 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Climber
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-148-96333-2 / 978-1-148-96333-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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March 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Climber
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-4455-4561-6 / 978-1-4455-4561-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fite Press
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March 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Climber
Author(s): E F Benson, Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-146-50708-9 / 978-1-146-50708-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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January 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Climber
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-142-22923-8 / 978-1-142-22923-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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November 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Climber (1912)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 0-548-77752-7 / 978-0-548-77752-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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Kindle Editions

August 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Climber
Author(s): E F Benson
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