A. E. Housman: A Sketch, Together with a List of His Writings and Indexes to His Classical Papers

A. E. Housman: A Sketch, Together with a List of His Writings and Indexes to His Classical Papers

A. E. Housman: A Sketch, Together with a List of His Writings and Indexes to His Classical Papers

A. E. Housman: A Sketch, Together with a List of His Writings and Indexes to His Classical Papers

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When a scholar of A. E. Housman's eminence has disposed of much of his work in periodicals, the convenience of scholars no less than respect for his memory commonly demands the publication of his Collected Papers. Housman's will, however, contains the following clause:

I expressly desire and wish my desire to be made as widely known as possible that none of my writings which have appeared in periodical publications shall be collected and reprinted in any shape or form.

This prohibition caused little surprise to his friends, nor is its reason in doubt. Housman's publications extend over more than half a century; and as he was no longer prepared to endorse a good many of the opinions expressed during that long stretch of time, he was unwilling to see them gathered together in a form which might seem to imply that they had his continued approval. Still, as the title-page of his London Introductory Lecture reminds us, nescit vox missa reverti, and Housman's prohibition will not prevent scholars from wishing to know what his opinions were. I do not think there is any lack of pietas in making the path easier for them, nor should I have compiled this book unless I had felt some assurance that Housman would not have disapproved of it; but I would ask those who use it . . .

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