A.E. Housman(1859-1936), Poet and classical scholar
Alfred Edward ('A.E') Housman
Sitter in 4 portraits
As Professor of Latin at University College, London, Housman combined teaching with academic research and writing producing learned papers as well as editions of Ovid (1894) and Juvenal(1905). During this period he produced his best known work: the cycle of poems, A Shropshire Lad (1896). Though not an instant success, the volume gradually won a large audience. His celebration of landscapes and a rural life distinctively and traditionally English made him one of the most familiar and highly regarded poets of his time. In 1911 he became Chair of Latin at Cambridge, which later became the Kennedy Professorship, spending the next twenty-five years lecturing on textual criticism and pursuing his academic studies.