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(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

A. E. Housman (HOWS-muhn) created a single work of prose fiction, A Morning with the Royal Family, a youthful fantasy printed without his permission in 1882 in the Bromsgrovian and unpublished elsewhere. His translations total 102 lines from Aeschylus’s Hepta epi Thbas (467 b.c.e.; Seven Against Thebes), Sophocles’ Oidipous epi Kolni (401 b.c.e.; Oedipus at Colonus), and Euripides’ Alkstis (438 b.c.e.; Alcestis) and first appeared in A. W. Pollard’s Odes from the Greek Dramatists in 1890. They have since been included in the Collected Poems. Henry Maas has collected more than eight hundred of Housman’s letters, which, though not in the great tradition of English letter-writing, shed considerable light on the poet’s enigmatic personality.