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Arthur Symons, Critic Among Critic

An Annotated Bibliography

Arthur Symons, compiled and edited by C. Jay Fox, Carol Simpson Stern, Robert S. Means

Publication Year: 2006

Arthur Symons’s (1865–1945) prominence at the end of the nineteenth century and subsequent influence on early-twentieth-century literature is well established. His biographer Karl Beckson aptly calls him “a major figure who helped stimulate the Modernist initiative.” The breadth of his artistic interests and critical commentary remains extraordinary. In addition to writing short stories, poems, plays, travel sketches, and translations, Symons was a prolific critic and editor who wrote about literature and what he termed “the seven arts.” Yeats famously offered him the laurel “best critic of his generation.” Symons championed freedom of subject matter and literary style and thus influenced the work of Yeats, Eliot, Pound, Joyce, and others, particularly in introducing them to the evocative work of French symbolist writers. Arthur Symons, Critic Among Critics: An Annotated Bibliography documents the scholarly attention Symons continues to receive not only for his critical influence, but for his own creative work. This annotated bibliography captures over 1300 articles, books, reviews, dissertations, and other writings about Symons, revising and updating Carol Simpson Stern’s 1974 bibliography published in English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920. Over 1000 new items appear, some of these from unsigned articles now identified as written by authors such as Virginia Woolf and John Middleton Murry. The book, arranged alphabetically by author with annotations in paraphrase style, includes a helpful index and provides a chronological list of works published from the1880s to early 2007 that will prove useful in tracing the evolution of criticism about Symons

Published by: ELT Press

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pp. vi

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pp. vi-vii

We gratefully acknowledge the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation fellowship and research award and the Marguerite Eyer Wilbur Foundation grant that helped to fund the preparation of this bibliography. Although many individuals have assisted in preparing the book, we wish, in particular, to thank Russell Maylone, curator of Charles...

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An Overview of the Critical Receptionof Arthur Symons’s Work, 1887–2007

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pp. x-xxxiii

Arthur Symons’s (1865–1945) prominence at the end of the nineteenth century and subsequent influence on early twentieth-century literature is well established. His biographer Karl Beckson aptly calls him “a major figure who helped stimulate the Modernist initiative.”1 The breadth of his artistic interests and critical commentary remains extraordinary. In addition to writing short stories, poems...

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pp. 1-29

Abou-Bakr, Randa. “Robert Browning’s ‘Dramatic Lyrics’: Contributions to a Genre.” Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics 21 (2001): 113–40. Robert Browning’s poems in “Dramatic Lyrics” present “the thoughts and inner feelings and conflicts of the speaker in what Arthur Symons refers to as the ‘subtle mental complexity’ of Browning’s poetry” (120). “The humorous, nonchalant manner [that Browning...

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pp. 30-59

Berman, Ruth. “Fantasy Fiction and Fantasy Criticism in Some Nineteenth- Century Periodicals.” Extrapolation 37.1 (1996): 63–95. [AS’s “Maeterlink as a Mystic” is mentioned as a piece of fantasy criticism published in Contemporary Review in 1897...

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pp. 60-89

“When Acis [Acis and Galatea] was transformed into a fountain in the last scene, the tent of grey streamers slowly disappeared, and in the vast expanse of blue sky, a ‘Water God’ gradually materialized in the form of a great fountain where the sparkling beads of water rose and fell” (152). AS and others “were carried away by the beauty and the...

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pp. 90-119

“The Savoy (1895–96) … was an essentially Anglo-French enterprise, planned in Dieppe; for, in the later summer of 1895, England was no place to organize an ‘advanced’ periodical.… The context also explains Symons’s defensive preface: the periodical would not be ‘realist,’ ‘naturalist’ or ‘decadent,’ it lamely judged that ‘all art is good, which is...

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pp. 120-149

Haddrell, Elizabeth. “Arthur Symons (28 February 1865–22 January 1945).” The Dictionary of Literary Biography: Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century British Literary Biographers. Ed. Steven Serafin. Vol. 149. Detroit: Gale Research, 1995. 255–66....

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pp. 150-179

After Cosmopolis refused to publish Conrad’s “The Idiots” he wrote to T. Fisher Unwin on July 22, 1896, “But I must live. I don’t care much where I appear since the acceptance of such stories is not based upon their artistic worth. It is probably right that it should be so. But in that case there is no particular gratification in being accepted...

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pp. 180-209

Swinburne wrote to the editor of the Times on June 19, 1902, to protest that Maurice Maeterlinck’s play Monna Vanna was not licensed: “We, the undersigned, are of opinion that some protest should be made against a decision of the Censorship by which the representation, in French, of a play by a distinguished French writer, of the highest...

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pp. 210-239

AS was a dedicated Browningite in the 1880s. Frederick J. Furnivall and James Dykes Campbell launched him on his literary career. He was a contributor to the Transactions of the Society and his study of Browning, Introduction to the Study of Browning (1886), was...

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pp. 240-269

Eliot read AS’s The Symbolist Movement in Literature and was strongly impressed by AS’s discussion of the power of symbol and by his discussion of French poets. Eliot was most enthralled by AS’s inclusion of Laforgue, a man whose style and character were startlingly close to Eliot’s notion of an ideal artist. While not imitating Laforgue, Eliot’s...

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pp. 270-299

The 1970 first edition of this anthology “attempted to rescue the 1890s from the simplistic picture of a decade dominated by Decadence or even divided between Decadence and Anti-decadence. We now see ‘how partial the picture was.’… But the main area which was in need of revision was that of women’s writing … [which] was ignored or undervalued” (xxiii). “The poetry of the 1890s as it had been portrayed in...

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pp. 300-329

“Karl Beckson’s biography, enriched by several newly unearthed caches of letters, is a vivid picture of the man, his era and his contribution to it” (1240). “Beckson’s central thesis is that Symons’s life falls into two contrasting halves. In 1908, when he was...

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pp. 330-371

Brown, Malcolm. George Moore: A Reconsideration. Seattle: Uof Washington P, 1955. Lhombreaud, Roger. “Arthur Rimbaud et l’un de ses commentateurs anglais: Arthur Symons.” Revue de Littérature Comparée 29 (1955): 88–91. Wildi, Max. “The Influence...


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pp. 372-430

E-ISBN-13: 9780944318287
Print-ISBN-13: 9780944318232

Page Count: 468
Illustrations: None
Publication Year: 2006

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