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by Edward Frederic Benson

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ISBN: 055433089X
Author: Edward Frederic Benson
Language: English
Publisher: BiblioLife (August 18, 2008)
Pages: 256
Category: Humor & Satire
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 878
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Author:Edward Frederic Benson. English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaelogist and short story writer, known professionally as E. F. Benson.

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Book 1 of 2 in Lucia Series (2 Book Series). is best remembered for his series of 'Lucia' novels, delicious satires of the pretensions and foibles of provincial middle-class life in Britain in the 1920s and '30s. Queen Lucia, the first in the series, follows Mrs. Lucas (Lucia to her most intimate friends) through a lengthy and often hilarious campaign to derail the career of a would-be rival to the throne of cultural arbiter.

by. This first book is a comedy of manners based in the provincial village of Riseholme, where Emmeline Lucas (the Queen Lucia of the title) presides over the social and artistic universe of the gullible residents. Her aide-de-camp in these matters is the somewhat effete Georgie Pillson and the chief competitor for her ‘crown’ is Daisy Quantock.

Edward Frederic Benson

Edward Frederic Benson.

You can read Queen Lucia by Benson Edward Frederic in our library for absolutely free. Read various fiction books with us in our e-reader. Her foolish embarrassing antics, in her desire to be the Social Queen of Riseholme, run out ev. .nt the worst humiliation. Queen Lucia became the first of Benson’s six ‘Mapp and Lucia’ novels. The book relates of rivalry and intrigues in a small town life, appearing a satire of shortcomings of provincial middle-class life in Britain in the 1920s and '30s. MoreLess Show More Show Less.

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Edward Frederic Benson was born in 1867 at Wellington College, where his father Edward White Benson (later Archbishop of Canterbury) was headmaster. He was educated at Marlborough and King's College, Cambridge. His main interests were classics and archaeology and from 1892 to 1895 he studied and worked at the British School of Archaeology in Athens. including The Male Impersonator. Published by the Penguin Group.

Edward Frederic Benson (24 July 1867 – 29 February 1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer. E. 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 his wife born Mary Sidgwick ("Minnie").

Benson's Mapp and Lucia books, we have a good idea of what such an existence must have been like in provincial middle England in the 1920s and 1930s. I have been a fan of these books for years. They are gentle These days, most of us (ahem, myself included) can only imagine what a lotus-eating life of indolence and leisure, with days spent eating, reading, playing cards and listening to music, must be like.

This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.


When Jane Austin wrote EMMA, she boasted gleefully that she had created a heroine that no one would like. E.F. Benson must have felt confident that his most enduring character - the inimitable Lucia - would be as cordially disliked by modern readers.

Lucia reigns as Queen of the village of Riseholme NOT by virtue of beauty, breeding, wealth, achievement, brilliance, or charm but by sheer gall and determination. Like all successful politicians, she's convinced of her fitness to rule and she generally convinces her subjects, although mutiny is always on the boil. Indeed, the simmering resentment of other Riseholmites against Lucia's iron control and their periodic rebellions (always swiftly and cunningly squelched by the resourceful Lucia) is the main theme of the book. Ironically, Lucia's downfall comes at the hands of the one person (newcomer Olga Bracely) who has NO interest in over-throwing her.

Benson was noted for his brittle humor and sharp social satire, but in his six Lucia novels he created characters that the reader cares about while richly enjoying their pettiness, snobbery, and absurdity. Lucia and Peppino and Georgie and Daisy and Lady Ambermere are all big frogs in a little pond and never, EVER do or say anything intrinsically interesting, and yet they ARE interesting. They are so endlessly fascinated with themselves and each other that the reader (against his better judgement) gets caught up in the excitement.

The Lucia series has a small, but devoted following which grows every time a reader stumbles on one of them and gets hooked like a large-mouth bass. They are pure guilty pleasure and who can't use some of that?
This is one of my favorite series of books, and glad to have it on kindle now as well. Just wanted to drop a note to say as of this review, September 2012, the formatting issues mentioned in previous reviews seemed to be resolved. There is now a linked table of contents to all of the books included. The font is very readable, and the size can be adjusted per usual if that is a need/concern for you.

I own this omnibus as a hardcover edition and I call it "my doorstop" as it is huge and weighs a ton. Though I've bought individual books of the series over time, it's nice to have it in an e-book format, especially if it exposes more people to Benson's genius. But if you like this, let's all push and ask for his books to be republished. We need to keep "forgotten" classics of merit like this in circulation!

Benson wrote over 80 books, not all of them great, but if you love Mapp and Lucia I would recommend, of his others, Secret Lives, Paying Guests and Mrs. Ames: A Novel (Bloomsbury Group). They are the most similar in tone and/or structure to the Mapp and Lucia books. (Secret Lives is my personal favorite, though only available as a used book.)
When reading a book the reader should ask himself what was the author attempting to accomplish and did he succeed. I dare say that Mr. Benson set out to write a brilliant and entertaining satire and social commentary and he certainly accomplished this.

The mark of great satire is that it stands the test of time, and this story of the social world of a, I assume, Midlands English town could have been written today and transplanted to any affected American suburb today. Yet the characters do not lose their unique English personalities, pretensions and attributes. It rang true then and it rings true now.

Delicious are the leitmotifs of speaking Italian (which Lucia and her husband can't) and the visit of an opera diva to their little world. Where another writer may have sullied the experience of "the queen" and her fate, Benson makes certain that social mores triumph but without too much rancor.
I originally ordered this as a 4 (?) volume set from the Folio Society, but they ran out before my order got to them. So I searched Amazon, and this was the best deal going. I thought it was separate books, but it is all in one volume. I bought this for my wife, and she has almost finished reading it, in 4 weeks. She had plenty of time anyway, having broken a leg 2 weeks ago, and is pretty much house bound for the most of it. But she is also reading her kindle too, so all the time is not devoted to the book. I asked her a couple of times, and she really enjoys it. I haven't seen her read a 'real book' since I bought the Kindle for her several years ago, so that is telling you something. I may have to start it one day, just to see what has captivated her so much.
But isn't everything? Long before we had the Housewives of the world, we had Lucia. But alas for us her world had gotten lost: obscured. I have quite forgotten why our how I discovered this series by E.F. Benson but I am glad I did. Set in a fantastical English village before WWI where no-one works except at gossip, dinner parties, gardens, and piano recitals Lucia and crew fill there days with trivial, nonsense and anything petty. Hardly a recipe for deep thinking! But damn if I didn't get hooked. And let's face it, the above mentioned mentioned Housewives of Beverly hills or Miami or New York are just as plain! It's a great book between heavier fare. And you just might get a glimpse of people in your own circle of friends and insight to their hearts.
E.F. Benson has been my favorite author for decades. I was a bit leery, ordering this dramatized version of his Lucia series, but shouldn't have worried: the playwright John van Druten has done a spectacular job! I'm grateful that this work exists; I'm also grateful that the seller made the transaction a most pleasant one: superb packing and quick service!
Ah, Lucia. To know her is to, oddly enough, get to quite like her, despite her occasional less-than-stellar behavior, which the author has no hesitation in pointing out and occasionally even punishing her for. And her interactions with Miss Mapp, as well as Miss Mapp herself, kept me - the only word to use here - amused throughout. This is going to be one of those books I re-read occasionally because I miss the characters and want to spend some time with them again.

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