David Blaize is E. F. Benson's delightfully stalgic vel of English public school life. Benson follows young David Blaize from his time at preparatory school to his entry to the sixth form at Marchester College. The vel draws heavily on the author's own schoolboy experiences when at Temple Grove and then Marlborough College. Benson, better than most writers in this genre, memorably evokes the trials and tribulations of life in an English public school during the late Victorian period. The pages resonate with wit and humour. The reader is invited to follow young Blaize as he deals with eccentric masters, experiences halcyon days on the cricket field, frets over dreaded parental visits, and experiences personal growth through a platonic friendship with Maddox, a senior boy at Marchester ... This is a newly edited and corrected version of the text. It contains a specially commissioned introduction as well as explanatory tes by Craig Paterson.
Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940) was a prolific and much loved English novelist, biographer and short story writer. He was educated at Marlborough College, King's College, Cambridge and the British School of Archaeology in Athens. Benson is most famous for a series of comic novels he published during the 1920's and 1930's-- Mapp and Lucia --set in the small fictitious coastal town of Tilling. Benson was awarded an OBE by the King and was also made an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. He served as Mayor of the town of Rye from 1934-1937. Craig Paterson is a philosopher and author. He now lives in Los Angeles, California.