Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections

A. E. Housman Papers, 1859-1936

Part II: Box and Folder List- Outgoing Correspondence

Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library
Collection Number: M57

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April 2007
Last Updated: April 4, 2007

Index of Recipients

Seymour Adelman
Constable & Co.
Harry Holland
Milman Parry
R. Shafer
Lacelles Abercrombie
A. M. Davidson
Georges Jamin
W. G. Partington
David Slater
A. St. John Adcock
Dodd Meads Co.
Josephine Johnson
Mrs. Perkins
Society of Authors
Percy Ames
Kimball Flaccus
John Lane
James B. Pinker & Sons
T. Spicer-Simson
P. Ayres
C. Fleet
Mr. Leippet
Arthur Platt
J. C. Squire
Dr. Barnes
Lady Frazer
Paul Lemperly
Maurice Pollet
Paul Stevens
Mary G. Beer
Frances Fremage
J. W. MacKail
J. P. Postgate
Snyder & Martin, esqs.
C. Ralph Bennett
Chester Gallup
Houston Martin
Mrs. Grant Richards
George Sutcliffe
EH Blackeney
Sir Stephen Gaselee
N. M. Martin
Grant Richards
J. Cameron C. Taylor
Mrs. Blinkhorn
Douglas Goldring
Elkin Matthews
G. Richards Ltd & others
Lady Howard de Walden
Prof. Breul
I. Gollancz
Wilfred Meynell
Mr. Robb
L. D'O Walters
Robert S. Bridges
Edmund Gosse
Harold Monro
Mr. Roberts
J. H. Wheelock
Dr. Brockington
Mrs. Grey
H. J. Morton
S. C. Roberts
A. F. Wilson
A. Y. Campbell
Edward Hall
K. Morton
Arnold Rubin
Charles Wilson
R. W. Chapman
F. W. Hall
Gorham Munson
Mary C. Ryan
Edith Wise
Cyril Clemens
Ernest Harrison
A. D. Nock
Gundred H. Savory
Margaret Woods
S. C. Cockerell
H. S. Hires
Frederick C. Owlett
Martin Secker
Unidentified

 

Outgoing Correspondence

Box Folder Recipient and Contents Date
    Seymour Adelman  
1 1

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"Thank you for your letter; but A Shropshire Lad is not copyright in The United States and you need no permission from me."

1927 Apr 25
1 1

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman lists Greek translations he has published and where they have been published with page numbers.

1927 Dec 15
1 1

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman thanks Adelman for his gift of a map of Shropshire "as it was in 1811" There is a penciled notation on the back of this letter, not in AEH's hand, "Housman wrote this letter the day after he served as a pall-bearer at Thomas Hardy's funeral in Westminster Abbey, together with Shaw, Barrie, Kipling and Galsworthy."

1928 Jan 17

1 1

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"I can no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat; but he knows a rat when he comes across one"

1928 May 6
1 1

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"A Shropshire Lad was published while Mr. Wilde was in prison, and when he came out I sent him a copy myself. Robert Ross told me that when he visited his friend in jail he learnt some of the poems by heart and recited them to him..."

1928 Jun 21
1 1

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman discourages Adelman from publishing a limited edition of his Fragment of a Greek Tragedy, saying he would "do everything in my power to thwart." and notes that he suspects the autograph version Adelman has purchased is not genuine and encourages him to compare his handwriting on the letter to that of the other.

1929 Mar 16
1 1

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"The supposed autograph is not mine. It is a copy, not quite accurate, from The Bromsgrovian; and the date is wrong."

1929 Apr 7
1 1

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"Thank you for sending me the Fragment, which I have put in the fire, though I don't think it was meant for a forgery. I must have written the Fragment three or four times for the various magazines in which it was printed, but I do not know that any of the MSs survives."

1929 Apr 28
1 1

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman provides Adelman with the address of the Editor of The Bromsgrovian and adds "But I do not think that I ought to take up any attitude towards your attempt to buy a copy"

1929 May 18
1 1

ALS (photocopy) Trinity College, Cambridge

as above

1927 Dec 15
1 1

ALS (photocopy) Trinity College, Cambridge

(as above) Removed from RBR PR4809 H15 H6 1937 Copy 2.

1928 May 6
1 2

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"It is exceedingly kind of you to have copied out Francis Thompson's article for me, but I am ashamed that you should have taken so much trouble. What he says of Dowson is just, and so is much that he says incidentally."

1929 Jul 9
1 2

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"Within a year or two of my death the authorities at Bromsgrove, if they follow my advice, will put up to auction the remaining copies of the Fragment of a Greek Tragedy, sending notice to America; and then will be your chance."

1929 Jul 25
1 2

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"I am very grateful for the photograph you have kindly sent, and which I had entirely forgotten. If I remember right there was a photograph of me in 1896 in an English literary review called The Bookman."

1932 Apr 29
1 2

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman discusses the publishing history of A Shropshire Lad. He notes that it was only rejected by one publisher initially. Housman adds "It is a great exaggeration to talk of a boom in connection with the 2nd edition: such boom as there was began with the war of 1914."

1933 Dec 30
    Lacelles Abercrombie  
1 3

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

To the compiler of New English poems, Housman replies: "Naturally I am flattered by the terms of your letter, but my last poems have already been published, and a posthumous poem would be premature. My barrenness is so well known that my absence from your miscellany, to which I wish all success, is not likely to cause remark."

1931 Jul 20
    A. St. John Adcock  
1 4

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"For many years I have been refusing permission to print poems from A Shropshire Lad in anthologies, and I am sorry that I cannot make an exception in your case."

1924 Feb 9
1 4

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"You are at liberty to print in your anthology one poem from my Last Poems."
1924 Feb 12
    Percy Ames  
1 5

AL Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman replies at bottom of letter from the Secretary of the Academic Committee of the Royal Society of Literature of the United Kingdom, which informs him of his nomination to a seat on the committee. Although "very grateful" for the nomination, Housman states that he "must nevertheless beg leave to decline both favours, which, however gratifying and honourable, are
remote from my tastes and pursuits."

1913 May 13
    P. Ayres  
1 6 ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Responding to a query about a reader's copy of A Shropshire Lad, Housman replies "If your edition ... is that of 1898 I can correct the errors ... The edition of 1904 I will not touch with a pair of tongs." Warns that he doesn't remember where all errors may be, but if his correspondent sends him the book with a return envelope, he "will see what can be done."

1936 Feb 11
    Dr. Barnes  
1 7

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Probably to W.E. Barnes, a classical scholar. Returning Barnes's petition unsigned, Housman writes: "I confess I am attached to the current forms of words, and also I am what you have often heard of but perhaps not often seen, a real conservative, who thinks change an evil in itself."

1914 Jun 5
    Mary G. F. Beer  
1 8

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"The poem to which I referred is Ralph Hodgson's Song of Honour."

1934 Feb 8
    C. Ralph Bennett  
1 9

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"I always say that the meaning of a poem is the meaning which it conveys to a reader. My opinion of the universe is of no particular importance, and if it is not well expressed in No. LXII of A Shropshire Lad, that does not much matter."

1930 Apr 16
    EH Blakeney  
1 10

photocopy of ALS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Declines offer to publish AEH's miscellaneous writings

1930 Nov 25
  Mrs. Blinkhorn
1 11

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Declines an invitation to lecture

1927 Dec 22
    Prof. Breul  
1 12

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Accepts invitation to dine

1923 Jan 25
1 12

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Accepts invitation to dine

1923 Nov 2
  Robert S. Bridges
1 13

TLS (photocopy) Trinity College, Cambridge

another copy tipped in The Testament of Beauty RBR PR 4809 H15 Z995359 1929

1929 Nov 27
    Dr. Brockington  
1 14

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Consents to Brockington's use of excerpts from A Shropshire lad, Last poems, and The Name and Nature of Poetry, in his Mysticism and Poetry

1934 Jul 30
    A. Y. Campbell  
1 15

APcS (initials only) Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman laments a printer's mistake: "When will mankind begin to understand that I am more careful than they are, not less?"

1927 Apr 5
1 15

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman writes "I am flattered by your letter and obliged by your communication, which I think I partly understand."

1930 Sep 26
    R. W. Chapman  
1 16

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Note to Chapman, thanking him for his "variously interesting letter."
Letter bears receipt stamp of the Clarendon Press, Oxford

1933 Sep 13
    Cyril Clemens (see also Third Party Correspondence)  
1 17

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

To the president of the Mark Twain Society and Twain's nephew, Housman writes "I am obliged by your letter, but I am not a literary critic and cannot write the appreciation for which you wish."

1929 Jan 19
1 17

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman returns a copy of his Last Poems, "signed, with greetings to the
Society"

1931 May 15
1 17

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman writes, "I am naturally flattered that you should entertain the idea of writing a biography of me, but neither you nor anyone else could possibly write one, and I certainly would give no assistance."

1931 Oct 22
1 17

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman declines to inscribe a copy of The Name and Nature of Poetry because "it was a piece of task work and I am not that proud of it."

1933 Jun 16
1 17

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman declines to make a contribution to a Mark Twain centennial celebration. "However, I hope and expect that you will receive no dearth of worthy matter."

1935 Jul 21
1 17

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman graciously explains that he must decline the Society's offer of its Silver Medal "as, in the pursuance of an early resolve, I have in the course of my life already declined a considerable number of honours."

(folder also contains an empty envelope dated? Feb 1932)

1936 Mar 2
    S. C. Cockerell  
1 18

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman thanks Cockerell for a copy of Bridge's handwriting book.

1926 Jun 24
1 18

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman writes that he is usually in to receive guests between 6 and 7 p.m. and that he has recently made a motor tour of Burgundy and other parts of France.

1927 Oct 14
1 18

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman asks Cockerell the proper form of address for the Committee of the Royal Literary Fund.

1928 Jan 17

    Constable & Co.  
1 19

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"I make no objection to the quotation of my poem" in James Agate's Lines of communication, published by Constable, "if you will have the enclosed corrections made."

1917 Jan 13
    A. M. Davidson  
1 20

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman critiques Davidson's poetry as requested. "I will only say that I thought Ingratitude the best of them, ... and that the verb 'sense' is not fit for poetry nor even for literature, and should be left to Americans and journalists."

1929 Feb 27
    Dodd Meads Co.  
1 21 ALS Trinity College, Cambridge 1913 Mar 18
    [Dooher]  
1 22

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Thanks Dooher for his letter, but states "I wish that writers would not dedicate books to me nor describe me in public as the greatest of living poets, which you cannot possibly know to be true. I do not copy out poems for anyone, so you must try to get what poor satisfaction you can out of my autograph."

1932 Feb 18
    [Edge]  
1 23

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"I thank you for letting me see the letter which I return. If you receive many like it, you should be a happy man."

1927 Feb 4
    Mrs. Fairchild  
1 24

ALS London

Thanks his correspondent for sending her friend's poems. "Some of them have a mixture of grace and simplicity which I admire very much."

1901 Apr 11
    [Finberg]  
1 25

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"I am very much obliged by your letter; but ... unless I change my mind, A Shropshire Lad and Last Poems will not be published in one volume during my lifetime.

1929 Feb 1
1 25

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman approves the wording for the publishing information of the special edition.

1929 Feb 7
1 25

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman has returned proofs with corrections.

1929 May 26
1 25

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman returns the proofs of Last Poems with corrections and deals with truncation due to typesetting issues.

1929 Jul 29
1 25

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"I have received the three copies of each of my books in your edition, and I thank you for this generous gift. I do not say anything about the beauty of the form, because I know that it is more beautiful than I know, and do not want to expose my ignorance."

1929 Nov 22
    [Finkelstein]  
1 26

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"I think myself that A Shropshire Lad is better on the whole than Last Poems, but Mrs. Wharton and Mr. Masefield are of the contrary opinion. Your two poems are pleasing, especially the first."

1928 Apr 15
    Kimball Flaccus  
1 27

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Thanks Flaccus for sending his Avalanche of April "which I have read with admiration for its freshness and vividness."

1934 Oct 10
    C. Fleet  
1 28

ALS London

Thanks Fleet for 2 volumes he has sent to Housman

1898 Nov 7
    Lady Frazer  
1 29

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"Thanks for your card; but I am told that if I show myself at the Queens' Society they will worry me to read them a paper myself."

1926 Feb 26
    Frances Fremage  
1 30

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

(gift of Mrs. Angelo C. Lanza)

1930 Aug 30
    Chester Gallup  
1 31

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"If you will accept my signature without a quotation, here it is."

1915 Jan 30
    Sir Stephen Gaselee  
1 32

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman accepts a dinner invitation and discusses his poem Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries and the anthologies in which it appeared.

Folder also contains bookseller's note (Henry Southeran)

1922 Oct 30
1 32

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman thanks Gaselee for "the return of the notes on Plaut. Capt., which are now in my hands again."

1932 July 26
    Douglas Goldring  
1 33

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Thanks Goldring for sending his book on Flecker, "which is interesting as a record and contains, if I may say so, discriminating criticism."

1922 Dec 5
    I. Gollancz  
1 34

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman replies on the back of Gollancz's letter informing H. that the British Academy proposes to nominate him as Fellow: "I beg that I may not be nominated for election as a Fellow. The honour is one which I should not find congenial nor feel to be appropriate."

1911 Jun 9
    Edmund Gosse  
1 35

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"Pyrenen is Milton's reprehensible way of spelling Pirenen, the fountain at Corinth ... which some of the poets ... confused with Hippocrene on Helicon ... 'Mr. Chaucer was a great man,' says Artemus Ward, 'but he could not spell.'"

1914 Nov 2
    Mrs. Grey  
1 36

ALS Bromsgrove

Apologizes for being unable to pay a visit due to recent ill health

1933 June
    Edward Hall  
1 37

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Answers his correspondent's queries about his publication history. "The only books which I published between [A Shropshire Lad and Last Poems] are editions of Latin classics, purely pedantic ... though two ... have polemical prefaces which amuse some readers who are not scholars."

1928 Jul 5
    F. W. Hall  
1 37

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

To the editor of The classical quarterly, Housman sends corrections to his paper on Lucan VII 460-465

1929 Aug 10
    Ernest Harrison  
1 38

AL Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman's reply drafted on the back of Harrison's query regarding "whether the Greeks thought the akromychal rising of a star is the brightest." Housman writes that "if they did they were of course quite wrong."

n.d.
    H. S. Hires  
1 39

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"There is an Essay on English Metrical Law by Coventry Patmore ... which deals with the sort of thing you ask about. Thank you for sending me your poems, which seem to me better than many printed in magazines."

1933 Jul 10
    Harry Holland  
1 40

ALS Bromsgrove

Regrets he cannot visit Hollond's friend Mrs. Gray due to a recent illness

1933 Jun 16
    Georges Jamin  
2 1

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman thanks Jamin for his translations of his poems into French, but says he is not proficient enough in the language to judge them and will consult with others.

1931 Aug 20
2 1

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"I have now been able to submit your translations ... to the judgment of one who is thoroughly versed in the French language ... His opinion is that ... they are too pedestrian and prosaic to give a true idea of the original."

1931 Sep 15
    Josephine Johnson  
2 2

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"One of your four guesses is right: I do not say which, because if I allowed the truth to be known, critics would start up and say that they had known it all along." Folder also contains her penciled ALS to Master of Trinity College, returning it to Cambridge for archiving (written on back of sheet dated 1966)

1934 Mar 23
    John Lane  
2 3

ALS, Woodridings, Pinner

Thanks Lane for sending him 2 copies of the American edition of A Shropshire lad. "I am no judge of book-production, but they seem to me quite nice."

1907 Jun 29
    Mr. Leippet  
2 4

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"Your letter comes too late; but I hope the ink I use will last a few centuries. Quotations I do not write for anyone, even if they have been christened Alfred Housman."

1930 Jan 9
    Paul Lemperly (see also Third Party Correspondence)  
2 5

ALS London

In his letter to an American collector, Housman states that the "second edition of A Shropshire Lad contains nothing new except a few misprints." He also thanks Lemperly for his letter and bookplate and adds "I think yours is the only letter containing no nonsense that I have ever received from a stranger."

1899 Dec 11
2 5

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman declines a publication proposal "as I have no proper appreciation of typography and format, and the merits of the volume would be wasted on me."

1934 July 23
    Dr. Leonard  
2 6 ALS Trinity College, Cambridge 1928 Jan 5
    J. W. MacKail  
2 7

ALS, Pinner

Thanks Mackail for a copy of Mackail's edition of a volume of Greek poetry. "You seem to admit elegiacs from almost anyone except the three regular practitioners. What they produce is ... sometimes poetry, which is more than I could say of Horace's sapless political odes or the talk-talk
of Boethius."

1905 Nov 23
  Houston Martin (see also Third Party Correspondence)
2 8

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman declines a request for poems written in his own hand.

1932 Nov 25
2 8

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman thanks Martin for writing to him on his birthday and encloses a photograph in response to Martin's request. "I could not say that I have a favorite among my poems. Thomas Hardy's was no. XXVII in A Shropshire Lad, and I think it may be the best, though it is not the most perfect."

1933 Mar 28
2 8

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

In response to questions regarding A Shropshire Lad and the fate of Housman's original manuscripts, AEH writes, "I gave the manuscript of A Shropshire Lad to the library of this college, and that of Last Poems to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. I was not born in Shropshire at all, but near the town of Bromsgrove in Worcestershire. The Shropshire hills were our western horizon, and hence my sentiment for the country, I suppose."

1933 Nov 20
2 8

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman thanks Martin for his Christmas gift and states that he never signs his name in full except for documents on which he must. "You are an engaging madman, and write more agreeably than many sane persons; but if I write anything of an autobiographical nature, as I have sometimes idly thought of doing, I shall send it to the British Museum to be kept under lock and key for 50 years."

1933 Dec 14
2 8

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman advises Martin where he may be able to obtain published copies of his parody Fragment of a Greek Tragedy.

1934 Mar 23
2 8

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman discusses the topography of Shropshire, admitting that "I do not know the country well, except in parts, and some of my topographical details [in A Shropshire Lad] are wrong and imaginary."

1934 Apr 14
2 8

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman scolds, "You ought to have known better than to send me the copy of A Shropshire Lad. American publishers have a perfect right to issue unauthorized copies, but for me to sign them would be an indignity... I am also deaf to fantastic requests that I should write my name in full or add special stuff for you. One thing I am prepared to do, which might gratify your depraved mind: if you like to send me New Year's Eve I can make and initial a correction which I was too late to make before it was printed."

1934 Sep 26
2 8

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman returns the copy of the poem New Year's Eve with his corrections and provides further details of the locations which had inspired lines in A Shropshire Lad.

1934 Oct 17
2 8

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman responds to further questions about A Shropshire Lad and his preface to Manilius. Housman notes more revealingly, "Certainly I have never regretted the publication of my poems. The reputation which they brought me, though it gives me no lively pleasure, is something like a mattress interposed between me and the hard ground."

1935 Sep 27
2 8

ALS

(in pencil and from a nursing home) Housman writes, "I hope that if you can restrain your indecent ardour for a little I shall be properly dead and your proposed work will not be by its nature unbecoming... Do not send me your manuscript. Worse than the practice of writing books about living men is the conduct of living men in supervising such books"

1936 Mar 22
2 8

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"If I were well I could make a long reply to your kind but irrelevant letter of the 2nd, but I am so ill that I am not fit to discharge the functions of my office or of ordinary life, and my doctor is trying hard to send me back into a nursing home."

1936 Apr 21
2 8 Large empty envelope 1933 Oct 20
N.M. Martin
2 9

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Thanks Martin for her letter

1903 Apr 21
    Elkin Matthews  
2 10 ACS Trinity College, Cambridge 1927 Feb 26
2 10

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman places an order, from Elkin Mathews catalogue, for Aytoun's Firmilian

1927 Mar 1
    Wilfred Meynell  
2 11

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Thanks Meynell for books he has sent

1913 May 22
2 11

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Thanks Meynell for books he has sent. Adds that he is sorry that Meynell is not well.

1913 Jun 10
    Harold Monro  
2 12

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Gives Monro permission to include Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries in an anthology

1929 Aug 20
    H. J. Morton  
2 13

ALS, London

Housman is "pleased to serve as a reference." "I shall hardly recognize the College without you: we entered it together, and may be said to have rocked one another's cradles." With letter of recommendation signed "A.E. Housman, Professor of Latin."

1897 Dec 29
    K. Morton  
2 14

ALS, London

Letter of recommendation states that K. Morton is "fully competent to give elementary instruction in Latin." Written on University College, London, stationery

1896 Nov 24
    Gorham Munson  
2 15

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

To the American critic and editor: "I am obliged by your letter, but I am not disposed to supply such information as you invite."

1936 Jan 26
    A. D. Nock  
2 16

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Accepts luncheon invitation

1930 Feb 3
    Frederick Charles Owlett  
2 17

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Tells Owlett he would be pleased to sign a copy of A Shropshire Lad

1923 Nov 15
    Milman Parry  
2 18

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman thanks Parry, a professor of Greek at Harvard, for sending his paper on metaphor. "I agree with what you say about the diction of Homer and the 18th century, only I do not admire it so much as you do." Folder also contains a 1968 letter from Adam Parry at Yale describing and enclosing Housman's letter for an auction.

1933 Feb 16
    W. G. Partington  
2 19

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Declines Partington's publication proposal. "Typography leaves me cold and limited editions are not to my taste. Nor indeed have I the material ... I certainly never contributed anything to the Pall Mall Magazine or the Oxford Magazine."

1930 Aug 18
    Mrs. Perkins  
2 20

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Writes to say he must decline a dinner invitation

1915 Mar 1
    James B. Pinker & Sons  
2 21

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"I have always foreseen that trouble of this sort might arise from the inclusion of poems from A Shropshire Lad in American anthologies ... But the anthologists ought to have foreseen it too, and I should not be asked to annul the natural consequences of their not forseeing it."

1932 Sep 22
    Arthur Platt  
2 22

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

To his colleague at University College, Housman writes "If you prefer Aeschylus to Manilius you are no true scholar; you must be deeply tainted with literature ... The Bible is full of types, and perhaps St. Paul ... prefigures Don Quixote. The resemblances you mention had not struck me, but they will bear thinking on."

1916 Apr 6
    Maurice Pollet  
2 23

AL Trinity College, Cambridge

reply to Pollet's list of questions. Folder also contains Pollet's questionnaire and letter with reference to Grant Richards

n.d.
    J. P. Postgate  
2 24

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

In this and the following letter Housman discusses various critical aspects of classical literature with Postgate, a professor of Latin at Liverpool

1915 Jul 13
2 24 ALS Trinity College, Cambridge 1916 Nov 6
    Mrs. Grant Richards,  
2 25

12 ALsS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman thanks Grant Richards's wife for gifts, inquires after her husband's health, accepts invitations to visit.

1918 Nov 14 to 1932 Nov 9
    Grant Richards (see also Third Party Correspondence)  
2 26

7 ALsS Trinity College, Cambridge

Correspondence in this and following two folders primarily concerns Richard's publication of AEH's editing of the 5 volumes of Manilius's Astronomicon 1903-30

1911 Oct 5 to
1911 Dec 29

2 26 ACsS Trinity College, Cambridge 1911 Sep 22
2 26 ACsS Trinity College, Cambridge 1911 Dec 31
2 27 11 ALsS Trinity College, Cambridge 1912 Jan 4 to
1912 Sep 7
2 27 ACS Trinity College, Cambridge 1912 Jan 10
2 27 telegram 1912 Mar 4
2 28

14 ALsS Trinity College, Cambridge

All letters to 1926 Oct 21 concern Richard's financial difficulties and Housman's refusal to lend further.

1913 Sep 26 to 1935 May 15
    Grant Richards Ltd. and other publishers  
2 29

8 ALsS, 2 photocopies of ALsS Trinity College, Cambridge

to a variety of publishers regarding publication of his work. Folder also contains 3-page carbon typed publishing agreement between AEH and Grant Richards Ltd. 1922 Sep 14

1911 Nov 9 to 1928 May 17
    Mr. Robb  
2 30

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman writes that he does not know where his correspondent might purchase a first-edition copy of A Shropshire lad

1934 Sep 13
    Mr. Roberts  
3 1

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"I can only imperfectly decipher your amiable letter, but if you are asking me to send you an autograph copy of a poem of mine I must reply that I have left off doing this for many years."

1933 May 27
    S. C. Roberts  
3 2

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman invites Roberts, a colleague at Cambridge, to dine with him.

1934 May 22
3 2

APcS Trinity College, Cambridge

In the postcard, written 8 days before his death, Housman writes: "I trust that I responded to your family invitation. I still hope to be there, though I am not so sanguine as I should like to be."

1936 Apr 20
    Arnold Rubin  
3 3

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman declines to copy out verses for Rubin, but has sent a "reproduction of a recent drawing of me."

1929 Oct 16
3 3

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman declines to send in a contribution to Rubin's magazine. "But a contribution from me is something that many magazines have asked, and none, within human memory, obtained. I do not remember that any of them suffered in consequence, and I do not suppose that yours will either."

1932 Nov 24
3 3

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman critiques a poem that Rubin has sent him.

n.d.
    Mary C. Ryan  
3 4

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"I am sorry to have to say that I possess no ex libris plate; and indeed I am not a person of culture, and treat my books badly."

1925 Aug 19
    [Smith]  
3 5

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman grants permission to set one of his poems to music

1922 Aug 26
    Gundred H. Savory  
3 6

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman agrees to sign books for her if she sends them "in a way which will make it easy ... to return them."

1931 Apr 15
    Martin Secker  
3 7 ALS Trinity College, Cambridge 1928 Jun 22
3 7

ALsS Trinity College, Cambridge

Thanks Secker for a book he has sent, but refuses to autograph copies of a lecture, "and also of a more recent one which you may have heard of [The Name and Nature of Poetry], because I do not think well enough of them."

1933 Dec 23
    R. Shafer  
3 8

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Gives Shafer permission to print selected poems from Last poems but "on the condition that you do not print more than five poems from A Shropshire Lad."

1930 Jun 7
    David Slater  
3 9

ALS London

To his colleague and former pupil, Housman sends thanks for a book of verses.

1910 Dec 21
3 9

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman discusses mutual acquaintances from Bromsgrove School and mentions finishing an edition of Manilius.

1932 Jan 12
    Society of Authors  
3 10

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Encloses an application for membership in the Society of Authors.

1923 Sep 10
3 10

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman refuses to grant the British Broadcasting Company permission to broadcast readings from his poems.

1923 Sep 18
    T Spicer-Simson  
3 11

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Agrees to a time to sit for his photographic portrait by Spicer-Simson

1922 Jul 19
    Snyder& Martin, esqs.  
3 12

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman says he refuses permission to publish his poems in anthologies, however, "they are not copyright in America, so that I have no power over them and no right to object if they are printed there."(Gift of Mark Samuels Lasner)

1914 Jun 13
    J. C. Squire  
3 13

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Wishes Squire well on his "enterprise" (The London Mercury) but declines to submit poems for publication therein

1919 Aug 20
    [Paul] Stevens  
3 14

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Regarding Stevens's Twelve poems, Housman writes: "Many people now send me their verse, and I have had practice in making polite and empty acknowledgements; but yours really have some stuff in them." (See 4: 30)

1928 Dec 28
    George Sutcliffe  
3 15

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"If you will be good enough to send the book here I shall be pleased to sign it."

1923 Sep 20
3 15

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

"I return the book with my signature added, and with my compliments on its elegance."

1923 Sep 24
    J. Cameron C. Taylor  
3 16

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Gives Taylor permission to publish 3 poems from A Shropshire Lad

1915 Mar 7
    Lady Howard de Walden  
3 17

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge (photocopy)

gift of Friends of the Library, shelved at PR 4809 H15 A68 1922 copy 4

1928 Feb 16
    L. D'O Walters  
3 17

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Gives Walters permission to include Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries in an anthology

1931 Mar 6
    Thomas Herbert Warren  
3 18

Photocopy of ALS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Regarding Warren's lecture on Virgil and his candidacy for chair of the Greek department.

1921 Dec 6
    J. H. Wheelock  
3 19

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Tells Wheelock "I am obliged by your kind letter, but it is very unlikely that I shall ever publish another book."

1932 Oct 18
    A. F. Wilson  
3 20

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Responds to a query: "The poem entitled The First of May is no. XXXIV in Last Poems. It was published in The Cambridge Review some years before.

1933 Nov 24
    Charles Wilson  
3 21

9 ALsS Trinity College, Cambridge

In the seventeen letters in this folder and the next, Housman replies to the collector's questions on A Shropshire Lad ("Any attempt to dramatize [it] will be prosecuted with the utmost rigour of the law") and Last Poems, refuses requests for signatures and speaking engagements, thanks Wilson for various gifts, and discusses matters of health.

1927 Jan 18 to 1930 Nov 19
3 22 8 ALsS Trinity College, Cambridge 1932 Mar 24 to 1936 Apr 21
    Edith Wise  
3 23

ALS, Woodridings

To an old family friend, Housman writes: "I was in residence at Cambridge during the May term, though with no definite work to do. I shall go there permanently at the end of September." He also mentions seeing his brother Laurence "read to an admiring audience his censored play about
Queen Caroline."

1911 Jul 11
3 24 ALS, Bromsgrove 1876 Apr 8
3 24

ALS,

In French and signed "Alfred Edouard Maisonhomme" (folder contains translation)

1877 Jul 8
3 24 ALS, Oxford 1878 Feb 17
3 24 ALS, Oxford 1878 Nov 24
3 24

ALS, Oxford

also contains a typed copy and explanation of the "cold" poem in this letter

1878 "Sunday"
3 24 ALS, Highgate 1898 Jan 11
    Margaret Woods  
3 25

ALS, Woodridings

Though he is reluctant to refuse her request, Housman declines to sign Woods's copy of A Shropshire Lad.

Folder also contains 2 pages from Bibliographic Society of America on AEH's writings in Latin.

1908 Nov 17
3 25

ALS Trinity College, Cambridge

Housman proposes a Latin inscription, probably for a tombstone: "BREVEM LVCEM EXTINCTAM EXCIPIAT FOVEATQVE AETERNA."

1925 Jun 24
    Unidentified Correspondents  
3 26

ALS, Pinna

Housman responds to queries about A Shropshire Lad, Last Poems, the meaning of his poems ("The real meaning ... is what it means to the reader"), and the Professorship of Latin founded in honor of B.H. Kennedy. He also responds to requests for his signature and for permission to reprint verses in anthologies. In responding to an invitation to lecture, Housman declines but answers biographical questions and states that a second edition of his Juvenal is forthcoming (Folder also contains typed carbon copy of the ALS from Cambridge)

1910 Oct 24
3 26 12 ALsS, 1 photocopy ALsS, Trinity College, Cambridge 1914 Jan 15 to 1936 Apr
3 26 ACS, London 1902 Nov 19
3 26 photocopy fragment n.d.
3 26

copy of typewritten letter

n.d.

PART I: Collection Description
PART II: Box and Folder List

  • Incoming Correspondence
  • Outgoing Correspondence
  • Third Party Correspondence
  • Writings
  • Other Materials
  • Personal and Family Materials
  • Graphic Material
  • Full List of Guides to the Collections
    Abbreviations Used in Guides

    Last Update May 25, 2007. Special Collections