A. E. Housman

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This collection of essays was conceived as part of the centenary celebrations of the first publication in 1896 of one of the most popular collections of poetry ever written—A Shropshire Lad—a collection never out of print in a hundred years. Yet Housman was a recluse, an austere classicist of great renown who devoted his academic life to the correction of ancient texts. He filled his poems with the lives, loves, and deaths of simple country people whose emotions are intense and often violent, but lived his own ...

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Overview

This collection of essays was conceived as part of the centenary celebrations of the first publication in 1896 of one of the most popular collections of poetry ever written—A Shropshire Lad—a collection never out of print in a hundred years. Yet Housman was a recluse, an austere classicist of great renown who devoted his academic life to the correction of ancient texts. He filled his poems with the lives, loves, and deaths of simple country people whose emotions are intense and often violent, but lived his own life in stoic acceptance of his loveless, arid existence. Why his life should have been so intentionally empty of emotion raises questions about Housman's own sexuality and the relationship he had with his friend Moses Jackson and Jackson's brother Afalbert. Housman's poetry, like his life, is deceptively simple: this volume shows some of the complex currents below the surface.

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A collection of essays celebrating the centenary of the first publication in 1896 of one of the most popular collections of poetry ever written, . Some topics are the critical reception of , Housman and Thomas Hardy, Lewis Carroll in Shropshire, Housman's use of biblical narrative, and the spirit of haiku and Housman. Holden is editor of a journal devoted to Housman's work. Birch is editor of a collection of Housman's poetry. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312223182
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/3/1999
  • Pages: 247
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan W. Holden has been editor, since 1987, of the Housman Society Jourbanal.

J. Roy Birch is editor of The Selected Comic Poems of Housman: "Unkind to Unicorns."

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• A.E. Housman's "Level Tones"—Archie Burbanett
• The Critical Reception of A Shropshire La —Benjamin F. Fisher
• The Land of Lost Content—Keith Jebb
• Tacit Pledges—Geoffrey Hill
• "Ashes under Uricon": Historicizing A.E. Housman, Reifying T.H. Huxley, Embracing Lucretius—Kenneth Womack
• A.E. Housman and Thomas Hardy—Norman Page
• "Flowers to Fair": A Shropshire Lad's Legacy of Song—Trevor Hold
• Housman's Manilius—G.P. Goold
• Lewis Carroll in Shropshire—John Bayley
• The First Edition of A Shropshire Lad in Bookshop and Auction Room—R.G. Naiditch
• A.E. Housman's Use of Biblical Narrative—Carol Efrati
• The Spirit of Haiku and A.E. Housman—Takeshi Obata

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