Alfred Edward Housman: Letters to S.C. Roberts

Scope and Content

23 letters from Housman to S.C. Roberts, 22 Jan. 1926 - 17 Aug. 1933. There are also letters from Housman to R.S. Parry, no. 1, 17 Jan. 1926; from Mrs. Mildred B. Platt to S.C. Roberts, no.11, 17 June 1927; from A.F. Scholfield to Housman, no.13, 6 Aug. 1929; from Housman to G.R. Barnes, no. 23, 30 Aug. 1931, and a note by Housman, no. 20, 15 Dec. 1930. The letters of 1926-1927 concern the publication of J.A. Platt's Nine Plays, to which Housman wrote a preface. The other letters relate to Housman's own publications.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alfred Edward Housman (1859-1936) was educated at Bromsgrove School and St. John's College, Oxford, where he obtained a first class in classical moderations in 1879, but failed to obtain honours in lit. hum. He worked in the Patent Office, 1882-1892, before becoming professor of Latin at University College, London, 1892-1911, and at Cambridge, 1911-1936. He published many articles and reviews of classical subjects, which covered most of the chief poets from Lucilius to Juvenal, as well as editing Ovid's Ibis (1894), the five Books of Manilius (1903-1930), Juvenal (1905), and Lucan (1926). He also wrote poetry, much of which was published. Housman refused all honours, but accepted an honorary fellowship of St John's College, Oxford, in 1911.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Presented by the Syndics of the Cambridge University Press, 1967.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Housman in Concise Dictionary of National Biography, Part II, 1901-1970, p. 340 (Oxford University Press, 1982).

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