A. E. Housman
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"Alfred Edward Housman", usually known as "A. E. Housman", was an English people/English classics/classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad. Lyrical and almost epigrammatic in form, the poems wistfully evoke the dooms and disappointments of youth in the English countryside [http://www.poetryarchive.org/poet/e-housman]. Their beauty, simplicity and distinctive imagery appealed strongly to late Victorian era/Victorian and Edwardian period/Edwardian taste, and to many early 20th-century English composers (beginning with Arthur Somervell) both before and after the First World War. Through their song-settings, the poems became closely associated with that era, and with Shropshire itself.

Housman was one of the foremost classicists of his age and has been ranked as one of the greatest scholars who ever lived. He established his reputation publishing as a private scholar and, on the strength and quality of his work, was appointed Professor of Latin at University College London and then at University of Cambridge/Cambridge. His editions of Juvenal, Marcus Manilius/Manilius and Marcus Annaeus Lucanus/Lucan are still considered authoritative.

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