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A. E. Housman

A Reassessment

Palgrave Macmillan

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. A. E. Housman’s ‘Level Tones’

    • Archie Burnett
    Pages 1-19
  3. The Critical Reception of A Shropshire Lad

    • Benjamin F. Fisher
    Pages 20-36
  4. The Land of Lost Content

    • Keith Jebb
    Pages 37-52
  5. Tacit Pledges

    • Geoffrey Hill
    Pages 53-75
  6. A. E. Housman and Thomas Hardy

    • Norman Page
    Pages 87-105
  7. Housman’s Manilius

    • G. P. Goold
    Pages 134-153
  8. Lewis Carroll in Shropshire

    • John Bayley
    Pages 154-166
  9. A. E. Housman’s Use of Biblical Narrative

    • Carol Efrati
    Pages 188-209
  10. The Spirit of Haiku and A. E. Housman

    • Takeshi Obata
    Pages 210-219
  11. Back Matter

    Pages 220-225

About this book

This collection of essays was conceived as part of the centenary celebrations of the first publication in 1896 of one of the most popular collections of poetry ever written - A Shropshire Lad - a collection never out of print in a hundred years. Yet Housman was a recluse, an austere classicist of great renown who devoted his academic life to the correction of ancient texts. He filled his poems with the lives, loves, and deaths of simple country people whose emotions are intense and often violent, but lived his own life in stoic acceptance of his loveless, arid existence. Why his life should have been so intentionally empty of emotion raises questions about Housman's own sexuality and the relationship he had with his friend Moses Jackson and Jackson's brother Afalbert. Housman's poetry, like his life, is deceptively simple: this volume shows some of the complex currents below the surface.

About the authors

Alan W. Holden has been editor, since 1987, of the Housman Society Journal.

J. Roy Birch is editor of The Selected Comic Poems of Housman: "Unkind to Unicorns."

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: A. E. Housman

  • Book Subtitle: A Reassessment

  • Editors: Alan W. Holden, J. Roy Birch

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-62279-5

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London

  • eBook Packages: Palgrave History Collection, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-312-22318-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-349-62279-5

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 225

  • Topics: Humanities and Social Sciences

Buying options

eBook USD 139.00
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  • ISBN: 978-1-349-62279-5
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Hardcover Book USD 185.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)