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

By Edgar Vincent

ISBN-10: 1783272414

ISBN-13: 9781783272419

A.E. Housman (1859-1936) was once either a celebrated poet and the most important classicist of his day. His poetry used to be set to tune through 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 almost the complete of his operating lifestyles. A likely 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 drawback, sparked through a profound yet unreciprocated attachment for a fellow undergraduate. To be sexually assorted throughout 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. previously, 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 constantly 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 song corridor; an intrepid early vacationer via air; and a gourmet of foodstuff 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 parts 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 used to be commissioned within the army, spending so much of his time with the Royal Marines. for that reason he labored for Imperial Chemical Industries for thirty years. He then fulfilled a life-long ambition to write down his publication Nelson: Love & Fame, released via Yale college 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 remarkable ebook and was once named certainly one of Atlantic Monthly's Books of the Year.

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