Books: Spartan

THE NAME AND NATURE OF POETRY— A. E. Housman — Macmillan ($1).

''How the world is managed, and why it was created, I cannot tell; but it is no featherbed for the repose of sluggards." More than one student of Latin verse, reading the preface to the best edition of Manilius, must have been surprised to find this sentence. Few professors of classics are capable of such utterance, but Alfred Edward Housman is no ordinary professor. British to the bone, classical to the core, in the never-numerous line of English scholar-poets he is...

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