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) used to be either a celebrated poet and the major classicist of his day. His poetry was once set to tune 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 through correcting textual mistakes, took up nearly 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 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 together 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 elements, one companionable in small teams, beneficiant to a fault, and regularly 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 traveler via air; and a gourmet of nutrients 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 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 artistic 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. in this case 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 way of Yale college Press in 2003. The e-book used to be shortlisted for the BBC four Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, was once a brand new York instances outstanding ebook and was once named one in all Atlantic Monthly's Books of the Year.

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