Laurence Housman born 18 July 1865 (d. 1959)
Laurence Housman was the younger brother of the popular poet A E Housman, who was also a homosexual. Laurence first studied to be a book illustrator and illustrated a number of volumes, notably Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market, and he also published several volumes of poetry and a number of novels, but he is best remembered as a playwright and social reformer.
He was one of the most censored playwrights of his time due to his, then scandalous, depiction of Biblical characters and members of the Royal family, and many were only able to be performed privately until theatrical censorship rules began to ease.
A committed socialist and pacifist, he co-founded the Men's League for Women's Suffrage in 1907. A prolific writer with around a hundred published works to his name, his output covers all kinds of literature from socialist and pacifist pamphlets to children's stories. He wrote an autobiography, The Unexpected Years (1937), and edited his brother's posthumous poems revealing his brother's sexuality and assembling and publishing two generous volumes of his brother's poems.
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