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By Edgar Vincent

A.E. Housman (1859-1936) used to be either a celebrated poet and the most important classicist of his day. His poetry used to be set to track by way of quite a few composers together with Arthur Somervell, Ralph Vaughan Williams, GeorgeButterworth, Ivor Gurney, John eire and Samuel Barber. Housman's painstaking vocation, to revive classical manuscripts by means of correcting textual mistakes, took up nearly the entire of his operating existence. A doubtless inaccessible, aloof guy, he by no means got down to be a certified poet, but poetry poured out of him and have become his monument.
His popular A Shropshire Lad and Last Poems have been born of an internal problem, sparked via a profound yet unreciprocated attachment for a fellow undergraduate. To be sexually diversified for the duration of Oscar Wilde was once to ask ostracism and disgust. This truth, allied along with his secretiveness and penchant for irony, strengthened his reticence on own concerns. formerly, he has remained a hidden character, held within the public brain as prim andgrim.
This biography unearths in contrast a guy of many aspects, one companionable in small teams, beneficiant to a fault, and continuously searching for humour and enjoyable; a grasp of English prose;a witty and compelling after-dinner speaker; an occasional author of nonsense verse; a frequenter of the tune corridor; an intrepid early traveler by way of air; and a gourmet of nutrition and wine. Drawing onHousman's released letters and on eighty one major new unearths, Edgar Vincent inspires a brand new Housman, created out of his reactions to the occasions of his lifestyles as he skilled them. It weaves togetherhis scholarly lifestyles and the biographical components in his poetry to envision his emotional and sexual wishes with dispassion and empathy and discover his hidden sensibilities and inventive world.

EDGAR VINCENT learn English at St Catherine's Oxford. Following Oxford he used to be commissioned within the army, spending so much of his time with the Royal Marines. as a consequence he labored for Imperial Chemical Industries for thirty years. He then fulfilled a life-long ambition to put in writing his booklet Nelson: Love & Fame, released by means of Yale collage Press in 2003. The ebook used to be shortlisted for the BBC four Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, was once a brand new York occasions remarkable e-book and was once named one in all Atlantic Monthly's Books of the Year.

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