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A.E. Housman Memorial Added to Westminster Abbey

September 17, 1996

LONDON (AP) _ Poet A.E. Housman, who died 60 years ago, took his place in the British literary pantheon on Tuesday with the dedication of a memorial window in Westminster Abbey.

Housman, most famous for ``A Shropshire Lad,″ is memorialized in the abbey’s Poet’s Corner among dozens of writers, poets and playwrights including Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and William Wordsworth.

Playwright Alan Bennett and scholar and politician Enoch Powell read from Housman’s work at the evening ceremony in the abbey.

In ``A Shropshire Lad,″ Housman wrote about an idealized rural land he imagined from ``those blue remembered hills″ he saw as a boy.

He was a distinguished classical scholar and professor of Latin at the University of Cambridge.

Memorial windows in the abbey are given out stingily: The poet, painter and mystic William Blake was not given a Poet’s corner memorial until 1957 _ 200 years after his birth.

The last addition to Poet’s Corner, in 1995, was Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, who died in 1900.

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