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A. E. Housman: Selected Prose

  • Date Published: January 1961
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521091404


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  • Lovers of Housman's poetry and admirers of his scholarship have long been aware, from the Introductory Lecture of 1892 and The Name and Nature of Poetry, 1933, that he was also master of a highly individual prose style; and others besides classical students have relished the pungency of the famous preface to his edition of Manilius. Here, in addition to these, is a selection of Housman's writings, both scholarly and general, gathered from periodicals and other out-of-the-way sources, which decisively confirms his reputation as a prose stylist. The prefaces, the adversaria and the reviews, in particular, give the layman an idea of the precision and the penetration of exact scholarship. Housman's comments and judgements on other men illuminate his own nature: withdrawn, austere, even crusty, yet gentle with the unassuming; ruthless in exposure of arrogance and pretension.

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    • Date Published: January 1961
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521091404
    • length: 222 pages
    • dimensions: 203 x 127 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.25kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I: Introductory Lecture (1892)
    Part II. From the Prefaces:
    1. Manilius I (1903)
    2. Manilius V (1930)
    3. Juvenal (1905)
    Part III. Reviews, Adversaria and Letters to the Press:
    1. Tucker's Supplices of Aeschylus (1890)
    2. The Manuscripts of Propertius (1892, 1894)
    3. Schulze's edition of Baehrens' Catullus (1894)
    4. The Manuscripts of Propertius (1895)
    5. Palmer's Heroides of Ovid (1899)
    6. Tremeheere's Cynthia of Propertius (1900)
    7. A Line in Lucan (1901)
    8. Remarks on the Culex (1902)
    9. Owen's Persius and Juvenal - A caveat (1904)
    10. Ellis's Catullus (1905)
    12. Luciliana (1907)
    13. The Cambridge History of English Literature, vol. IX: The Period of the French Revolution (1915)
    14. A Georgian History of Victorian Literature (The Cambridge History of English Literature, vols. XIII an XIV) (1917)
    15. Bywater's Four Centuries of Greek Learning in England (1920)
    16. Simpson's Louis Napoleon and the Recovery of France (1923)
    17. Keats' Fall of Hyperion, line 97 (1924)
    18. Dr Fraenkel's Appointment (1934)
    Part IV: The Application of Thought to Textual Criticism (1921)
    Part V. Biographical:
    1. J. M. Image (1919)
    2. Arthur Platt (1927)
    Part VI. Ceremonial:
    1. The Trinity College Addresses (1913, 1919)
    2. Address to Sir James George Frazer (1921)
    3. Address of Condolence (1925)
    4. Address of Congratulations (1935)
    Part VII: The Name and Nature of Poetry
    Index of names.

  • Author

    A. E. Housman


    John Carter

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