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 appears conflicting aspects of Housman's character, and reassesses the recognition of a guy who used to be whatever of a secret even to his closest friends.
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Through this gateway, a drive ran round in a long slow curve to the left, with fields on either side of it; then past a carriage house and stable block, and up through trees to where the Wise family lived, in a delightful eighteenth-century family home, solidly built in grey stone to a formal but unpretentious design. From the front of the house, one looked south across unspoilt countryside; at the back, there was a small lawn, and a rise in the ground hid North Woodchester from view, so that only distant slopes were visible beyond the shrubs and trees of the garden.
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. B. Yeats; Bell & Hyman Ltd for extracts from J. J. Thomson, Recollections and Reflections (1936); Turner & Devereux of London for extracts from the Housman Society Journal, vols 1 and 2; Robert E.
3 Robert Fletcher, The Life and Remains of the Reverend Robert Housman, quoted in Watson, p. 34. 4 Congress, RHP Box 2: Mrs K. E. Symons to Grant Richards, 21 February 1937. 5 Congress, LHMS: Laurence Housman to Maude Hawkins, 24 October 1950. 6 K. E. Symons, More Memories. 7 Little, A History of Woodchester, 1922; rewritten by Rev. W. N. R. J. Black, 1972; see passim, particularly Appendix 14. 8 Lilly, Carter correspondence, 11 September 1956: letter from Ellinor M. Allen of Inchdene, Woodchester.