A. E. Housman: A Critical Biography by Norman

By Norman

A.E. Housman (1859-1936) used to be a poet of large reputation and frequent impression: a Latin student of front rank, a very good prose stylist, a remarkable author of comedian verse and, due to the big luck of A Shropshire Lad, one of many maximum and best-known poems within the English language, he grew to become a legend in his personal lifetime. Reissued to mark the centenary of the e-book of A Shropshire Lad, Norman Page's highly-acclaimed biography is thought of as the main entire account of Housman's existence and profession on hand. Drawing on a variety of assets, together with a lot unpublished fabric, Norman web page presents us with a desirable perception into Housman the poet, the coed and the guy. `By a long way the easiest biography of Housman we've ... ' - Andrew movement, occasions Literary Supplement

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About Religion and Natural Science'. * The same letter records that 'here everyone is going over to Rome like wildfire'. As a scholar of the college, he was required from time to time to read the lesson in chapel, and an anecdote suggests that he did not waste the opportunity of showing the limitations of his respect for academic authority or Holy Writ: Laurence Housman tells us that his brother 'used to leave out the list of names in the biblical genealogies; and the President used to cough disapprovingly'.

Alfred once said to Laurence as they discussed their childhood long after it was past; and Laurence adds: There were probably many; but none, I daresay, more interested in itself, when it stood compact and pugnaciously united - seven against the rest of the world. How we loved; how we hated; how we fought, divided, and were reconciled again! * A Worcestershire Lad 19 A busy, contented, comfortable, companionable childhood: there is nothing in the record of these early years that foreshadows the self-sufficient solitariness of Housman's maturity.

She had written to her friend Mrs Wise to tell her that she would not live to see her children grow up; and seven young children were an awesome responsibility for a man who, as she must have realized by then, was not cut out for quiet heroism. Her mind ran on her girlhood in Woodchesterthat family life, punctuated by frequent bereavements, in the crowded country rectory - and she talked of it to her children, as if anxious to come to terms with her own past or to rescue fragments of it from impending oblivion by giving them a place in their memories.

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