A.E. Housman (1859-1936) used to be a poet of huge acceptance and common impression: a Latin student of front rank, an excellent prose stylist, a amazing author of comedian verse and, due to the big good fortune of A Shropshire Lad, one of many maximum and best-known poems within the English language, he turned a legend in his personal lifetime. Reissued to mark the centenary of the booklet of A Shropshire Lad, Norman Page's highly-acclaimed biography is thought of as the main whole account of Housman's existence and occupation on hand. Drawing on quite a lot of assets, together with a lot unpublished fabric, Norman web page presents us with a desirable perception into Housman the poet, the coed and the guy.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 ways the easiest biography of Housman we now have ... ' - Andrew movement, occasions Literary Supplement
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R. P. Graves is 22 A. E. Housman: A Critical Biography probably right to stress the significance of the Wise family for Housman as a living link with his dead mother:* when he visited them he was entering her past. One must add, though, that the most potent association the Wises held for him was surely a highly specific one - the memory of their presence when he was deal t the blow of his mother's death. With unswerving loyalty he remembered them always, and to Sophie Becker in particular he retained a lifelong attachment.
Housman cannot have had much spare cash, but in any case he was temperamentally averse to such a way oflife. · His own rebellion against complacent authority, not less deeply felt than Wilde's, took a less colourful form: where Wilde dressed to be stared at and treated the college authorities with open contempt, Housman worked away at the text of Pro pertius instead of getting up Plato and Aristotle. The system was such that Wilde carried away the glittering prizes, Housman only a deeply humiliating failure.
Housman: A Critical Biography retained a formality that makes the students of 1880 and the 1990s seem like different species. Sir Charles Oman, who went up to New College in 1878, recalled that 'on Sunday no self-respecting man would have dreamed of appearing in anything but a black coat and tall hat', and 'whiskers were largely worn', the favourite style being the mutton-chop. * In the extensive gardens of St John's College, archery was very popular. But even Oxford, after energetic resistance - the railway, for instance, proposed in the thirties, had been held off until the forties - was at last yielding to the nineteenth-century spirit of change.
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