By Richard Perceval Graves

ISBN-10: 057130947X

ISBN-13: 9780571309474

A. E. Housman, romantic poet and classical student, is best-known because the writer of A Shropshire Lad and the meticulous editor of Manilius, the Latin poet of astronomy.

In this primary complete biography, Richard Perceval Graves convincingly reconciles the 2 it appears conflicting facets of Housman's character, and reassesses the popularity of a guy who used to be whatever of a secret even to his closest friends.

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His mother’s stories about her childhood were still fresh in his mind, and he could also remember his last visit to Woodchester with her, when she was in good health. From the drive, a footpath ran northwards down a slope, and then up again to the new church, where Alfred could see the memorial windows to his grandfather and uncle Basil. Beyond the church, and across the main street, he could examine the Elizabethan rectory where his mother had lived; or he could walk down the lane which led to the remains of the church where his parents had been married, and to the churchyard where a previous rector of Woodchester had discovered a remarkable Roman mosaic pavement.

Prior, Dr E. P. Cadbury, Mrs David Oilier, and the Rev. A. Butler. I owe a considerable debt of gratitude to librarians and other owners or custodians of manuscript documents who have allowed me to study material from their collections; to the owners of copyright, and the rights and permissions managers of publishers who have given me the permissions which I asked for; and to others who have smoothed my path. In particular I thank Miss Anne Munro-Ker and Miss Doris Beer of the Society of Authors for their help.

F. Gow, A. E. Housman: A Sketch, G. H. Hardy, Bertrand Russell and Trinity, Sir Sydney Roberts, Adventures with Authors, A. E. Housman, The Confines of Criticism, J. Diggle and S. D. R. Goodyear (eds), The Classical Papers of A. E. Housman, A. E. Housman Selected Prose, ed. John Carter (including extracts for the introductory Lecture (1892) and ‘The Name and Nature of Poetry’ (1933)); Professor Otto Skutsch for passages from his lecture on A. E. Housman (1959); A. P. Watt Ltd for lines from two poems by Rudyard Kipling and six lines from two poems by W.

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