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By Norman

ISBN-10: 0333656016

ISBN-13: 9780333656013

ISBN-10: 1349245844

ISBN-13: 9781349245840

A.E. Housman (1859-1936) was once a poet of huge recognition and common impression: a Latin student of front rank, an outstanding prose stylist, a extraordinary author of comedian verse and, because of the large luck 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 book of A Shropshire Lad, Norman Page's highly-acclaimed biography is thought of as the main entire account of Housman's lifestyles and occupation to be had. Drawing on quite a lot of assets, together with a lot unpublished fabric, Norman web page offers us with a desirable perception into Housman the poet, the coed and the fellow. `By a long way the easiest biography of Housman we now have ... ' - Andrew movement, instances Literary Supplement

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A charming photograph shows him, aged seven, with his brother Robert, both of them clutching homemade rifles; and the enthusiasm evidently persisted, since the much younger Laurence could remember battles fought in a corner of the garden and Alfred's experiments as an inventor of weaponry. 'At eight or earlier' he was writing verse, no doubt encouraged by his mother's skill in that direction. 'A little book we had in the house' led him, 'almost as early as I can remember', to develop an interest in astronomy; and Lempriere's Classical Dictionary 'fell into my hands when I was eight' (as he said in his old age) and 'attached my affections to paganism'.

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.

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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