A Shropshire Lad.



The Richards Press Ltd.





Item Description

8vo. 4.75 x 7.75 inches. vii + [i] + 95 + [1] pp. Bound in original brown cloth, gilt, in dust wrapper, which has some wear to spine and top edge. Some scattered light foxing, including fore edge, but otherwise a very good copy. Decorated by publisher's device on title page. 1941 reprint of Housman's famous first collection of poetry which appeared in 1898. This edition still retains the feel of that era in its setting, binding and wrapper. Housman's Shropshire, a county he had never visited at the time of writing, was something of a literary construct, with some of its pace names perhaps taken from Murray's Handbook covering the county. It did, however, owe something to Housman's memories of his Worcestershire childhood, viewing the distant Shropshire hills on the western horizon. Slow selling at first, the collection achieved great popularity after 1900, its theme of lost youth appealing to the generations of the South African and First World Wars. The collection proved very popular too with composers, and the great majority of poems were set to music, including the song cycles by Vaughan Williams and John Ireland.

[Stock No. 26896]

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