This is a fine limited edition of five letters from the poet and classical scholar A. E. Housman to A. W. Pollard, Keeper of Printed Books at the British Museum. These letters, published for the first time, reveal a friendship both intimate and formal, evolving over time. The story begins during the exuberant friendship between the two brilliant Oxford undergraduates. Housman mysteriously failed his degree, so was condemned to a decade's drudgery, during which he contributed translations to Pollard's Odes from the Greek Dramatists. Pollard crucially suggested the title for his book of poems, A Shropshire Lad. Bibliographical exchanges followed. Housman's final short letter movingly harks back to Oxford days and reveals at last a lifelong emotional commitment. Edited by H. R. Woudhuysen, this collection is a testament to literary greats, in an edition beautifully printed and finely bound. 


Tunbridge Wells, Kent: The Foundling Press and Bernard Quaritch, 2006. Hardback, 69 pages.  


Volume and condition. Tall Octavo. Bound in blue cloth with paper labels to upper board and spine. Hot-metal typeset in Monotype Bembo and Porson Greek and letterpress printed at the Stonehouse Fine Press. Facsimile of Housemans last letter to Pollard tipped in to back p. 69. Number 66 of an edition limited to 350 copies.

Condition: near fine.




A.E.H. A.W.P.: A Classical Friendship - A. E. Housman and A. W. Pollard