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Adalbert Jackson (died November 12, 1892) may have been gay and he and A. E. Housman may have had an affair. A. E. Housman won an open scholarship to St John's College, Oxford in 1877. At Oxford he developed a 'passionate attachment' to a fellow student, Moses Jackson with whom he shared rooms, but who did not reciprocate his feelings. A. E. Housman's realisation of his own homosexuality may have distracted him from his studies. He was also worried about his father's illness and bankruptcy. He was also stubbornly concentrating on his classical studies at the expense of his other subjects. The combination of circumstances may explain why he failed the finals of his degree in 1881. He obtained a pass degree the following year. He is said to have told Moses Jackson that he was the reason why he wrote poetry and was the subject of many poems. Moses Jackson went to work at the London Patent Office and he got A. E. Housman a job there in 1882. A. E. Housman worked in his civil servant's job for nine years. A. E. Housman shared lodgings in London with Moses Jackson and his brother Adalbert Jackson from 1883 to 1885. However A. E. Housman may not have been able cope with the frustration of the lack of reciprocation from Moses Jackson and moved in to lodgings on his own. More Poems 41 and 42 were tributes to Adalbert Jackson after his sudden death from typhoid in 1892. While at the Patent Office A. E. Housman was writing scholarly articles in classical studies on such authors as Horace, Propertius, Ovid, A Eschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles. He made himself into a distinguished classical scholar by his private studies, and he was appointed to the Chair of Latin at University College, London in 1892, and then he became Professor of Latin at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1911. A. E. Housman's life revolved around Oxford, London, and Cambridge, but he was particularly fond of Shropshire and the villages of Clun, Clunbury, and Clungunford. His most famous work is A Shropshire Lad, (1896), which is a series of 63 verses set in a half-imaginary pastoral setting. In the poem "Terence, this is stupid stuff...", Terence is Moses Jackson. The unrequited love for Moses Jackson and the death of Adalbert Jackson may have provided the emotional triggers that led to the nostalgic and melancholic moods in A. E. Housman's work. The emigration of Moses Jackson to India in 1887 and his subsequent marriage added to the disappointment. When Moses Jackson was dying in Canada in 1922 A. E. Housman made an effort to complete his Last Poems so that Moses Jackson could have it.

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