Leon Trotsky in Mexico in 1939
EVERY SO often, one scholar will assess another’s book so harshly that it becomes legendary. The most durable example must be A.E. Housman, whose anti-blurbs retain their sting after a century and more. Housman is best-known for the verse in his collection A Shropeshire Lad (1896). But classicists still remember his often-pointed reviews of other philologists’ editions of ancient poetry, and can sometimes quote snippets from memory.