The English poet and classical scholar Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936) is popularly known as A. E. Housman. He is most famous for his cycle of poems known asA Shropshire Lad. Those poems were very popular with late Victorian and Edwardian audiences. They have a wistful and lyrical quality that made them emblematic of the lives of young men and woman living in the English countryside, in general and of the Shropshire countryside in particular. The poems did not shy away from the dissapointments of that life.
Housman is a footnote in my literary world as well. I adore O'Connor's short stories about smart people behaving stupidly and I am rather obssessed with The Partridge Festival. It is a story that I have read more often than I should admit publicly! In that story, one of the misguided protaganists bring three books as a gift for someone they are to meet at an insane asylum. A book of Housman's poetry is one of the three books.