[Autograph Letter dated October 5, 1906]
Laurence Housman (1865-1959) was a noted and prolific English writer, playwright, and illustrator. He was the younger brother of famed poet A.E. Housman. This interesting forty line letter was written to an unnamed male correspondent. It appears that he is responding to the editor of a literary anthology on the editor’s proposed selections from Housman’s poetry. Housman writes that the “only one I demur to is “Undergrowth”, not because I do not set value on what it tries to say, but because I think it is lacking both in form and expression.” He goes on to say that he will add a list of pieces “based on the judgment of better critics than myself”. The eleven poems he suggests include “The Elfin Bride,” “Love Through the Night,” and “The Settlers.” He concludes with saying that he had no wish to dictate or veto the editor’s choice of “Undergrowth.” Written on 4.5 by 7 inch notepaper with four pages. The paper is lightly aged and slightly creased where folded for an envelope but is otherwise in very good condition. Very Good.