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Edwin A. Abbott

AKA Edwin Abbott Abbott

Born: 20-Dec-1838
Birthplace: Marylebone, Middlesex, England
Died: 12-Oct-1926
Location of death: London, England
Cause of death: Influenza
Remains: Buried, Hampstead Cemetery, London, England

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Flatland

Edward A. Abbott is best known for his marvelous Flatland, an ingenious novel of allegory and mathematical fiction (authored pseudonymously as "A. Square") mixing multidimensional geometry with Abbott's satirical spin on his era's social, moral, and religious conventions. Abbott was a priest, an expert on Francis Bacon, and a long-time headmaster of the prestigious City of London School. His parents were first cousins, which is why his middle and surnames are the same.

Father: Edwin Abbott (school headmaster, b. 12-May-1808, d. 27-May-1882)
Mother: Jane Abbott (b. 1806, m. 1830, d. 1882)
Wife: Mary Elizabeth Rangeley Abbott (m. 1863, d. 5-Feb-1919, one daughter, one son)

    High School: City of London School (1857)
    University: BS, St John's College, Cambridge University (1861)
    Teacher: Cambridge University (1857-63)
    Teacher: King Edward's School, Birmingham (1863-64)
    Teacher: Clifton College (1864-65)
    Administrator: Headmaster, City of London School (1865-89)

    Ordained 1863

Author of books:
Shakespearean Grammar (1870)
English Lessons for English People (1871)
How to Write Clearly (1872)
Bible Lessons (1875)
Bacon and Essex (1877)
Through Nature to Christ (1877)
Philochristus (1878)
Onesimus: Memoirs of a Disciple of Paul (1882)
Common Tradition of the Synoptic Gospels (1884, with W. G. Rushbrooke)
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884, as A. Square)
An Account of the Life and Works of Francis Bacon (1887)
Spirit on the Water (1897)
Johannine Vocabulary (1905)
Johannine Grammar (1906)
Silanus the Christian (1906)

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