Books: Laureate of Youth

Fifty years ago, A. E. Housman published, at his own expense, the first edition of A Shropshire Lad. The latest edition, which does homage to that event, is published by the Colby Library in Waterville, Me. Readers who cannot get one of the 500 copies of this Jubilee Edition* will miss: 1) a rare reminder that book designing is an art, not a packaging job; 2) a rare photograph of the poet at about the time he was writing his first volume; 3) a set of notes which should interest any admirer of Housman's...

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