Letters and Papers of John Addington Symonds

Letters and Papers of John Addington Symonds

Letters and Papers of John Addington Symonds

Letters and Papers of John Addington Symonds

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It is now close on thirty years since Symonds died in Rome on the 19th of April, 1893. His name is still alive in the world of letters. The man and his work are still discussed in varying tones of sympathy or of dislike which bear witness to his vitality. It seemed, then, that a small selection from his copious correspondence might prove interesting and serve perhaps to deepen, maybe to modify, certainly to enlighten current opinion. Moreover, Symonds, by the accident of time, though hardly by his natural complexion, figures in a period which is attracting considerable attention, curiosity and comment, falling into the perspective from which it can be justly examined and portrayed, and incidentally these letters help to define and colour "the Victorian scene," though, to my mind, that is hardly their main import.

This volume has been compiled from Symonds's letters and papers. The letters are addressed chiefly to Henry Sidgwick and myself; this fact, while it implies a certain continuity of theme, and a certain unity of mental attitude, entails, perhaps . . .

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