E.F. “Fred” Benson (1867-1940) came from an extraordinary family. His father was the Archbishop of Canterbury. His mother was described by the British prime minister as “the cleverest woman in Europe.” Fred grew up to be a scholar and athlete, a champion figure skater, and prolific author. He never married. He is best known for his series of books about Mapp and Lucia. Late in his life he served as mayor of Rye, in Sussex, England.