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A.E. Housman (1859-1936) was once a poet of huge acceptance and frequent impression: a Latin pupil of front rank, a good prose stylist, a amazing author of comedian verse and, due to the big good fortune 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 e-book of A Shropshire Lad, Norman Page's highly-acclaimed biography is considered the main entire account of Housman's existence and profession to be had. Drawing on a variety of resources, together with a lot unpublished fabric, Norman web page offers us with a desirable perception into Housman the poet, the coed and the guy. `By some distance the easiest biography of Housman we've got ... ' - Andrew movement, occasions Literary Supplement
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But true'). Another sensitive provincial boy, John Addington Symonds, had daydreamed of 'the rough sailors he had seen on the streets of Bristol';* no doubt Alfred daydreamed of soldiers. A few weeks later he wrote to Lucy Housman again; this time the separation prompting the letter was caused by scarlet fever raging at home, as a result of which he had become a temporary boarder at school: Yesterday I went into the churchyard, from which one can see Fockbury quite plainly, especially the window of your room.
I was there from two o'clock till three. I wonder if you went into your room between those hours . . The house looks much nearer that you would expect, and the distance between the sycamore and the beeches in the orchard seems very great, much longer than one thinks it when one is at Fockbury. * There is something striking in the sensibility of his response to this brief exile, a dress-rehearsal for the permanent exile of adult life. Quoting this passage, Laurence perceptively comments that the incident 'has in it the authentic note of the "Shropshire Lad".
Housman matriculated on 13 October 1877, having no doubt arrived at the college a few days earlier by the method described in an Oxford guide-book of the period: 'We reach this celebrated seat oflearning by rail, in the north-western suburbs. '* The OxfordBirmingham line had been opened in 1852 and coaches in that direction had promptly disappeared from the roads, though they continued to run daily to London and Cheltenham until the nineties. He was assigned rooms in the second quadrangle, on the same staircase as Alfred Pollard.
A. E. Housman: A Critical Biography by Norman