Item #AEH001 A Shropshire Lad. A. E. Housman.

A Shropshire Lad

Hard Cover. London: The Richards Press, LTD., 1927. Fine.

Finely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in green calf and floral paper boards with gilt borders, five raised bands to spine with tiny flower designs in gilt, red labels with titles in gilt to spine, floral designed endpapers. Very good book with some wear to edges and spine hinges, some toning to exterior, unblemished text leaves. Overall, a very nice copy of a beautifully bound book. A Shropshire Lad is a collection of heartbreakingly simple and lyrical poems published in 1896 by the English poet and classicist A. E. Housman. The volume sold slowly at first, but its popularity increased due to a number of composers setting the poems to music in the early 20th century. The collection's prominent themes of war, loss, and manhood made it an important influence on British war poets like Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and Rupert Brooke, many of whom are said to have brought copies of the collection into the trenches with them. Housman would only publish one more collection of poems in his lifetime, titled Last Poems (1922).

Item #AEH001

Price: $100.00

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