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Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926), a Victorian of great intellect and wit, enjoyed success not only as a writer, but as a scholar, educator, and theologian. Educated at St. John's College, Cambridge, he was Headmaster of the City of London School from 1865 to 1889. During that time, his progressive belief in the importance of the study of English for every student, even before traditional classical curriculum, led him to write 'A Shakespearian Grammar' (1870). It ran to three editions within its first year of publication alone and continues to be a touchstone for Shakespearian scholars. In 1884 he wrote 'Flatland'. First considered by many as merely "a pleasant tonic, and an excellant stimulant for boys," it was later recognized as a magnificent work of science fiction, as prophetic as those of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Retiring to a scholary life in 1889, he produced numerous other works, including 'Silanus the Christian' (1907), 'Apologia: an explanation and defense' (1907), 'Message of the Son of Man' (1909), and 'Light on the gospel from an ancient poet (Odes of Solomon)' (1913).