A. E. Housman c. 1896

Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936), more commonly referred to as A. E. Housman, was an English poet and classical scholar. His best known work is his collection of poems in "A Shropshire Lad" first published in 1896. Clarence Darrow liked Housman's work and quoted from "A Shopshire Lad" during his plea before Judge Caverly to save Leopold and Loeb. Housman later joked that Leopold and Loeb "owe their life sentence partly to me." Darrow gave a published copy of his plea to Housman who was somewhat irritated that Darrow had misquoted two of his poems but was glad the great lawyer had used his work. Brand Whitlock had given Darrow a copy of this work by Housman. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-41250.