Proof copies of 'Three poems', with related correspondence from Housman to R W Chambers and Geoffrey Tillotson, 1935; draft of Tillotson's 'The public of Housman's comic poems'; covering letters from Tillotson to Charles Sisson (Professor of Modern English Literature at UCL, 1928-1951) and from Charles Sisson to Sir David Pye, 1947.
Housman Papers (MS ADD 164)
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- ReferenceGB 103 MS ADD 164
- Dates of Creation1935-1947
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- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 volume, 1 folder
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Born 1859; educated at Bromsgrove School, 1870-1877; passed as a scholar to St John's College Oxford, 1877; first class honours in classical moderations, 1879; MA; worked at home for the civil service examination and helped his former headmaster with teaching; Higher Division Clerk in the Patent Office, London, 1882-1892; found time for classical study and published his first paper, on Horace, 1882; became a member of the Cambridge Philological Society, 1889; Professor of Latin, University College London, 1892-1911; his publications after 1892 were largely concerned with Latin, rather than Greek, and included works on the chief Latin poets from Lucilius to Juvenal, particularly Propertius, Ovid and Manilius; first published verse in 'A Shropshire Lad', 1896; Professor of Latin, Cambridge University, and Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge from 1911; Honorary Fellow of St John's College Oxford, 1911; in poor health from 1932; Leslie Stephen lecturer at Cambridge, 1932; delivered a lecture on 'The Name and Nature of Poetry', 1933; refused the Order of Merit; died, 1936. Numerous publications on Housman include Laurence Housman's 'A E H' (1937). Publications include: 'A Shropshire Lad' (1896); 'Last Poems' (1922); 'More Poems' (1936) and 'Collected Poems' (1939), published posthumously; editions of classical authors including Manilius Books I-V (1903-1930); various papers on classical subjects in the 'Journal of Philology', 'Classical Review', 'Proceedings' and 'Transactions' of the Cambridge Philological Society, 'American Journal of Philology' and elsewhere.
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Presented by Professor Tillotson via the Provost in July 1947.
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