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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 means 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 way of correcting textual blunders, took up nearly the total of his operating existence. A probably 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 well known A Shropshire Lad and Last Poems have been born of an internal trouble, sparked via a profound yet unreciprocated attachment for a fellow undergraduate. To be sexually varied throughout Oscar Wilde was once to ask ostracism and disgust. This truth, allied together with his secretiveness and penchant for irony, bolstered his reticence on own concerns. beforehand, he has remained a hidden character, held within the public brain as prim andgrim.
This biography unearths in contrast a guy of many elements, one companionable in small teams, beneficiant to a fault, and consistently 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 track corridor; an intrepid early visitor by way of air; and a gourmand of nutrients and wine. Drawing onHousman's released letters and on eighty one major new unearths, Edgar Vincent evokes a brand new Housman, created out of his reactions to the occasions of his existence as he skilled them. It weaves togetherhis scholarly existence and the biographical components in his poetry to check 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 was once commissioned within the army, spending such a lot of his time with the Royal Marines. as a result he labored for Imperial Chemical Industries for thirty years. He then fulfilled a life-long ambition to put in writing his e-book Nelson: Love & Fame, released by means of Yale collage Press in 2003. The e-book was once shortlisted for the BBC four Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, used to be a brand new York instances awesome ebook and was once named one among Atlantic Monthly's Books of the Year.

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