By Peter Parker
Why is it that for plenty of humans 'England' has constantly intended an unspoilt rural panorama instead of the ever-changing city international during which such a lot English humans dwell? What used to be the 'England' for which individuals fought in international wars? what's in regards to the English that makes them continually hanker for a vanished previous, in order that nostalgia has develop into a countrywide characteristic?
In March 1896 a small quantity of sixty-three poems was once released via the small British company of Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. Ltd in an version of 500 copies, priced at half-a-crown each one. the writer used to be now not a qualified poet, yet a thirty-seven-year-old professor of Latin at collage university, London known as Alfred Edward Housman who have been obliged to pay £30 in the direction of the price of book. even supposing sluggish to promote first and foremost, A Shropshire Lad went directly to turn into the most well known books of poetry ever released and hasn't ever been out of print. in addition to being a publishing phenomenon, the booklet has had a power on English tradition and notions of what 'England' capability, either in England itself and in a foreign country, out of all share to its obvious scope.
Housman state will not just examine how A Shropshire Lad came to be written and have become a publishing and cultural phenomenon, yet will use the poems as a prism by which to ascertain England and Englishness. The e-book features a complete transcript of A Shropshire lad itself, additionally making it an outstanding present.
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