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Edmund Clerihew Bentley was educated at the prestigious St Paul's School in London.
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Edmund Clerihew Bentley studied at Merton College, Oxford where he studied history.
(With these rhyming lines, English novelist and humorist E...)
With these rhyming lines, English novelist and humorist Edmund Clerihew Bentley introduces this book and an unusual form of verse of his own invention. Bentley's four-line poems, known as "clerihews," offer satirical views of historical figures, from Edward the Confessor and Odo of Bayeux to Sir Walter Raleigh, Jane Austen, Karl Marx, Theodore Roosevelt, and many others. The witty verses are accompanied by the book's outstanding feature: whimsical full-page illustrations by G. K. Chesterton.
(Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should...)
Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely? When the scheming, indomitable brain of Sigsbee Manderson was scattered by a shot from an unknown hand, that world lost nothing worth a single tear; it gained something memorable in a harsh reminder of the vanity of such wealth as this dead man had piled up without making one loyal friend to mourn him, without doing an act that could help his memory to the least honour.
(These are titles about women who have been prominent in a...)
These are titles about women who have been prominent in any field of endeavour, including education, literature, the arts, music, politics, medicine, science and technology. This also includes women who have been prominent in history, in women’s organizations, and part of the movement for women’s suffrage.
As a youth Edmund Clerihew Bentley was educated at the prestigious St Paul's School in London and after at Merton College, Oxford where he studied history. In 1898 he studied law in London.
At age sixteen, while still a student at St. Paul's School, Bentley wrote his first “clerihew," an original verse form coined from his middle name and his mother’s maiden name. The clerihew, a “baseless biography,” consisting of a four-line stanza of two rhyming couplets, the first rhyme being provided by the name of the subject, was introduced in Biography for Beginners in 1905, and was immediately popular and soon widely imitated. “More Biography” in 1929 was followed by “Baseless Biography” in 1939, illustrated by Bentley’s son, Nicolas. In “Clerihews Complete” 1951, all Bentley’s clerihews are collected.
Bentley began his working life as a newspaper journalist on a number of papers such as the Daily News from 1902 to 1912, he worked there as a editorial columnist and became deputy editor. He worked at the Daily Telegraph as a foreign affairs editor from 1912 to 1934 and as a chief literary critic from 1939 to 1947.
From 1936 until 1949 Bentley was president of the Detection Club. He contributed to two crime stories for the club's radio serials broadcast in 1930 and 1931, which were published in 1983 as The Scoop and Behind The Screen. In 1950 he contributed the introduction to a Constable & Co omnibus edition of Damon Runyon's "stories of the bandits of Broadway", which was republished by Penguin Books in 1990 as On Broadway.
"Trent read and re-read the pitiful message [a suicide note], so full of the awful egotism of grief".
"The art of Biography Is different from Geography. Geography is about Maps, But Biography is about Chaps".
"I can only say that you must have totally renounced all trust in the operations of the human reason; an attitude which, while it is bad Christianity and also infernal nonsense, is oddly enough bad Positivism too, unless I misunderstand that system".
"There are some places which, seen for the first time, yet seem to strike a chord of recollection. "I have been here before," we think to ourselves, "and this is one of my true homes." It is no mystery for those philosophers who hold that all which we shall see, with all which we have seen and are seeing, exists already in an eternal now; that all those places are home to us which in the pattern of our life are twisting, in past, present and future, tendrils of remembrance round our heart-strings".
"That is almost the definition of any friendship that is worthwhile — that we don't care a damn how you behave yourself".
"I know, if anyone does — all research workers know — how much is missed that really matters because reports have to be written in officialese. They have to be, because a lot of us can't take anything seriously unless you make it dull for them".
Edmund Clerihew Bentley was a member and president of the Detection Club from 1936 until 1949.
Edmund Clerihew Bentley was married to Violet Alice Mary Boileu in 1902. They had three children: Neil Bentley, Betty Bentley and Nicholas Bentley.