A. E. Housman

Died aged c. 77

Alfred Edward Housman (/ˈhaʊsmən/; 26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936), usually known as A. E. Housman, was an English 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. Their beauty, simplicity and distinctive imagery appealed strongly to late Victorian and Edwardian taste, and to many early 20th-century English composers 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 Cambridge. His editions of Juvenal, Manilius and Lucan are still considered authoritative.

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Commemorated on 5 plaques

A. E. Housman 1859-1936 poet and scholar wrote “A Shropshire Lad” while living here

Byron Cottage, 17 North Road, Highgate, N6 Haringey, London, United Kingdom where they wrote

Home of A. E. Housman scholar and poet in his boyhood from 1860 to 1873 and again from 1878 to 1882

Housman Hall, Bromsgrove School, Bromsgrove, United Kingdom where they lived

Birthplace of A. E. Housman scholar and poet 26th March 1859

Housmans House, Valley Road, Bromsgrove, United Kingdom where they was born (1859)

A. E. Housman poet & classical scholar, author of 'A Shropshire Lad' lived here 1885-1886

39 Northumberland Place, London, United Kingdom where they lived (1885-1886)

A. E. Housman (1859-1936) Scholar and Poet educated at Bromsgrove School 1870-1877

Cookes House, Worcester Road, Bromsgrove, United Kingdom where they educated (1870-1877)