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Edgar Vincent's A.E. Housman: Hero of the Hidden Life 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 track through 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 complete 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 concern, sparked by way of a profound yet unreciprocated attachment for a fellow undergraduate. To be sexually assorted in the course of Oscar Wilde used to be 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 finds in contrast a guy of many points, one companionable in small teams, beneficiant to a fault, and regularly looking 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 song corridor; an intrepid early visitor through 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 existence 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 was once commissioned within the army, spending such a lot 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 put in writing his booklet Nelson: Love & Fame, released by means of Yale college Press in 2003. The booklet used to be shortlisted for the BBC four Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, used to be a brand new York occasions extraordinary ebook and used to be named one in every of Atlantic Monthly's Books of the Year.

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