By Richard Perceval Graves
A. E. Housman, romantic poet and classical pupil, 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 sounds as if conflicting aspects of Housman's character, and reassesses the acceptance of a guy who used to be whatever of a secret even to his closest friends.
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Indeed, in 1867, when Alfred was a boy of eight, still more unearned wealth poured into the family coffers, when Alfred’s great-aunt, Mary Brettell, died. Thomas Housman was now seventy-two, but he conducted Mary’s funeral service at Catshill Church, although he had retired as vicar three years before. He had then been presented with a signed memorial, thanking him for his ‘unbounded liberality to poorer neighbours of all denominations’, and adding:16 To the female members of your family, we are also greatly indebted, for their untiring, willing, and efficient services in all matters tending to promote the interest, comfort, and well-being of the residents in this district; and it is our ardent hope that your official separation from us will not be the means of our losing their valuable and much needed charitable assistance.
P. Ker (University College Library, London) 18 Arthur Platt (University College Library, London) 19 Andrew S. F. Gow (Trinity College Library, Cambridge) 20 Percy Withers (National Portrait Gallery, London) 21 Katharine Elizabeth Symons (courtesy N. V. H. Symons and Mr J. M. C. Pugh) 22 Laurence Housman (National Portrait Gallery, London) 23 Sergeant George Herbert Housman (Recollections) 24 Clemence Annie Housman (courtesy Phyllis E. Symons) 25 Portrait of Alfred Housman (National Portrait Gallery, London) Acknowledgments The author and publishers would like to thank the following for permission to reproduce copyright material: a letter by Lord Stamfordham is reproduced by gracious permission of Her Majesty the Queen; Mrs Ernestine Carter for extracts from a letter by the late Mr John Carter; Oxford University Press for an extract from an unpublished letter by Robert Bridges and for extracts from Grant Richards, Housman 1897–1936; the Estate of A.
Chambers; Kenneth A. Lohf and Columbia University, New York, for extracts from unpublished letters by, and relating to, A. E. Housman in their possession; the President and Fellows of St John’s College, Oxford, for extracts from papers, books and records in their possession; the Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge, for unpublished documents in their possession (and Dr P. Gaskell for his friendly co-operation); the Trustees of Street Library, Somerset, for quotations from unpublished documents in their possession; Lloyds Bank Ltd for extracts from unpublished letters of Hugh Last; N.
A. E. Housman. The Scholar-Poet by Richard Perceval Graves