On 10 October 1929 C. S. Lewis wrote in a letter to his brother:
"I also glanced through A. E. Houseman's 'Shropshire Lad' [footnote] for the hundredth time. What a terrible little book it is -- perfect and deadly, the beauty of the gorgon."
The footnote in his published letters reads: “A. E. Houseman, ‘A Shropshire Lad’ (1896).”
Oh, that A.E. Houseman’s ‘A Shropshire Lad.’
But isn’t Lewis’s characterization of the book brilliant? 'Perfect and deadly, the beauty of the gorgon.'