Arthur Symons: A Bibliography
Arthur Symons (1865-1945), now widely regarded as the most important critic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is best known for his seminal work, The Symbolist Movement in Literature (1900). Shortly after Symons's mental breakdown in 1908, his close friend W. B. Yeats called him ‘the best critic of his generation’ and in 1957, Frank Kermode, in Romantic Image, referred to Symons as a ‘crucial’ figure in the development of Modernism, ‘always at the centre of his period and herald of its successor’.
One of the most prolific writers of his time, Symons produced some 60 volumes and pamphlets of poetry and prose; edited, introduced, or contributed poetry and prose to scores of volumes; wrote over 1300 articles and reviews for periodicals and newspapers; and translated works by such noted writers as Zola, Baudelaire, Verhaeren, Verlaine, Villiers de 1'Isle-Adam, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Casanova, Alexandre Dumas fils, and d’Annunzio.
Until now, such vast productivity has never been fully accounted for and bibliographically described. Karl Beckson, Ian Fletcher, Lawrence W. Markert, and John Stokes – all specialists in the 1880-1920 period and all having previously published on Arthur Symons – have collaborated on this comprehensive bibliography to produce a scholarly and reliable reference work that will provide little known details of Symons's immense oeuvre. This book will remain an indispensable source of research for decades to come.