A.E. Housman

(1859 - 1936)

The promising A.E. Housman shocked tutors at Oxford University when in 1882 he failed his final exam, turning in mostly blank notebooks. It was an act that may have been caused by a mental breakdown, resulting from his unrequited love for an athletic peer who later served as the inspiration for various poems in his 1896 collection A Shropshire Lad.

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1896 | England


Housman’s elegy to an athlete dying young.More

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