A.E. Housman: Hero of the Hidden Life by Edgar Vincent PDF

By Edgar Vincent

ISBN-10: 1783272414

ISBN-13: 9781783272419

A.E. Housman (1859-1936) used to be either a celebrated poet and the main classicist of his day. His poetry was once set to tune via various composers together with Arthur Somervell, Ralph Vaughan Williams, GeorgeButterworth, Ivor Gurney, John eire and Samuel Barber. Housman's painstaking vocation, to revive classical manuscripts via correcting textual mistakes, took up almost the total of his operating lifestyles. 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 hindrance, sparked by way of a profound yet unreciprocated attachment for a fellow undergraduate. To be sexually diverse during Oscar Wilde used to be to ask ostracism and disgust. This truth, allied along with his secretiveness and penchant for irony, bolstered his reticence on own issues. formerly, he has remained a hidden character, held within the public brain as prim andgrim.
This biography finds against this a guy of many aspects, one companionable in small teams, beneficiant to a fault, and continually in search of 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 gourmand of meals and wine. Drawing onHousman's released letters and on eighty one major new reveals, 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 lifestyles and the biographical parts in his poetry to ascertain 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 military, spending so much of his time with the Royal Marines. for this reason he labored for Imperial Chemical Industries for thirty years. He then fulfilled a life-long ambition to write down his e-book Nelson: Love & Fame, released by way of Yale college Press in 2003. The booklet used to be shortlisted for the BBC four Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, was once a brand new York instances awesome ebook and used to be named one among Atlantic Monthly's Books of the Year.

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