A.E. Housman (1859-1936) was once a poet of huge recognition and common impression: a Latin student of front rank, a great prose stylist, a outstanding author of comedian verse and, because of 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 ebook of A Shropshire Lad, Norman Page's highly-acclaimed biography is thought of as the main entire account of Housman's existence and occupation on hand. Drawing on a variety of resources, together with a lot unpublished fabric, Norman web page offers us with a desirable perception into Housman the poet, the student and the fellow. `By a long way the easiest biography of Housman we've got ... ' - Andrew movement, occasions Literary Supplement
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Housman: A Critical Biography to be dismissed as a merely comic prudery; Laurence argues quite persuasively that this strong and all-too-easily-infringed taboo led to habits of 'evasion and untruthfulness': Frankness being so much discouraged, concealment and the moral sense became morbidly allied; and one grew to feel that between the individual and his social environment was a barrier which had to be defended even from those whom one loved and might naturally have trusted. Laurence, who later resolutely flouted convention, had a personal axe to grind; in any case, nearly six years younger than his brother, he came more fully under Lucy's influence; but the suggestion is not a ridiculous one.
Our gatherings were generally hilarious . . '. * But the shadow cast by his mother's death sometimes fell over the fun, and Kate also recalled that he was 'subject to gloom that spread in spite of his attempts to subdue it'. * Some of the pastimes he devised made hilarity difficult: when he was about thirteen (and newly a deist) he decreed that the children should contribute one verse each to a composite poem (the precocious Laurence, aged seven, rhymed 'ever hence' with 'reverence'); the prescribed subject was 'Death'.
Housman: A Critical Biography have had a timelessly pastoral atmosphere; even today, though approached over a motorway, it contrives to retain a rural flavour. It was at Valley House that Alfred Edward Housman, presumably conceived on the honeymoon, was born on 26 March 1859. He was promptly christened by his grandfather at Christ Church, Catshill. Within a few months the family moved into a larger house, when Perry Hall in Bromsgrove became vacant on the death of Captain John Adams, a distant relative who had held the post of Government Agent for Stamps and was Edward Housman's employer.