Laurence Housman

Laurence Housman

Birth
Death 20 Feb 1959 (aged 93)
Burial Bathwick, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Memorial ID 138910385 · View Source
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English playwright, writer and illustrator, born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, one of seven children who included the poet A. E. Housman and writer Clemence Housman. After education at Bromsgrove School, he went with his sister Clemence to study art at the Lambeth School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. He first worked as a book illustrator with London publishers, illustrating such works as George Meredith's Jump to Glory Jane (1892), Jonas Lie's Weird Tales (1892), Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market (1893), Jane Barlow's The End of Elfintown (1894) and his sister's Were-wolf (1896) in an intricate Art Nouveau style. During this period, he also wrote and published several volumes of poetry and a number of hymns and carols. When his eyesight began to fail, he turned more and more to writing. Housman's first literary success came with the novel An Englishwoman's Love-letters (1900), published anonymously. He then turned to drama with Bethlehem (1902) and was to become best known and remembered as a playwright. In 1937 the Lord Chamberlain ruled that no British sovereign may be portrayed on the stage until 100 years after his or her accession. For this reason, Victoria Regina could not be staged until the centenary of Queen Victoria's accession, 20 June 1937. This was a Sunday, so the premiere took place the next day. A prolific writer with around a hundred published works to his name, his output eventually covered all kinds of literature from socialist and pacifist pamphlets to children's stories. He wrote an autobiography, The Unexpected Years (1937), which, despite his record of controversial writing, said little about his homosexuality. Housman held what for the time were controversial political views. He was a committed socialist and pacifist and founded the Men's League for Women's suffrage with Henry Nevinson and Henry Brailsford in 1907. In 1945 he opened Housmans Bookshop in Shaftesbury Avenue, London, founded in his honour by the Peace Pledge Union, of which he was a sponsor.


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  • Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: 17 Nov 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 138910385
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Laurence Housman (18 Jul 1865–20 Feb 1959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 138910385, citing Smallcombe Vale Cemetery, Bathwick, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .