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The Schoolmaster, by AC Benson, now available December 19, 2011

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in New releases, Peridot Press.
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Our blossoming imprint Peridot Press is proud to be repubishing The Schoolmaster, Arthur Christopher Benson’s classic account of school life at the turn of the 20th century.

I am delighted to say that the book arrived back from the printer’s just a few minutes ago – although the sub-zero temperatures inside the delivery lorry ensure it can’t accurately be described as “hot off the press”…

The Schoolmaster was originally published 100 years ago when the world was a very different place – and yet Benson’s strikingly honest words about his chosen profession are, in the main, still relevant today.

Benson was born at Wellington College, educated at Eton and Cambridge and spent his life and career at both. He also had a successful career outside of education; he was the editor of Queen Victoria’s letters, a lyricist and a prolific diary writer.

“…please, can we have this man as the Minister for Education, and can we have him now.” Jonathan Smith, author of The Learning Game and The Following Game, in his introduction.

“Benson was a man of many parts, but above all he was a consumate schoolmaster, dedicated, stimulating, idealistic yet wise to the ways of the world, and more importantly to the wiles and needs of teenage schoolboys. His book The Schoolmaster is personal and idiosyncratic and remains one of the best accounts of schoolmastering that has been written. I am delighted to see this work back in print, which for A C Benson is the most fitting memorial.” Tony Little, Head Master, Eton College, in his foreword.

The Schoolmaster is available via the John Catt Bookshop. The book follows on the heels of the summer publication by Peridot Press of Jonathan Smith’s acclaimed memoir The Following Game.



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