Symonds, John Addington, 1840-1893

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1840-10-05
Death 1893-04-19
Britons
English

Biographical notes:

John Addington Symonds was an English essayist, biographer, poet, and translator.

From the description of John Addington Symonds collection of papers, 1879-1886. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122531789

From the guide to the John Addington Symonds collection of papers, 1879-1886, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

British author, poet, critic, and translator.

From the description of Papers, 1870-1894 and n.d., (bulk 1889-1892). (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 25149520

English author John Addington Symonds was a respected and prolific writer who wrote stylishly on diverse subjects. Symond's father held literary parties, and the young man was able to meet and listen to Tennyson, Gladstone, and many others. A fine scholar, he did well at Oxford, but ill health and emotional stress plagued him; he found a release in writing, and produced translations, biographies, poetry, and criticism, although he is probably best known for his seven-volume history of the Italian Renaissance. A candid autobiography, published posthumously, revealed his life-long homosexuality, and the impact this secret had on his work and his life in Victorian England.

From the description of John Addington Symonds notes on the German language, circa 1880. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 62589807

From the description of John Addington Symonds letters and poem, 1859-1884. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 62589803

English poet, essayist and literary historian.

From the description of Letters of John Addington Symonds [manuscript], 1878-1881. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647820234

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Davos Platz, to his daughter Margaret, 1889 Nov. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270574668

English historian of art and literature.

From the description of Studies on art and literature, ca. 1867-1876. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 84405254

British author, translator, and poet.

From the description of Postcard to Arthur Symons, 1886. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122585037

Author.

From the description of Papers, 1844-1967. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 39036391

English scholar.

From the description of Photograph of John Addington Symonds, 1886. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 32136021

English poet and literary critic.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Davos-Platz, to Smith, Elder, and Co., 1881 Aug. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 603590715

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Subjects:

  • Art and morals
  • Criticism
  • Authors and publishers
  • Essays
  • Male homosexuality--History--19th century
  • Male authors, English--19th century--Correspondence
  • Homosexuality--History
  • Sculpture, Greek
  • Male authors, English--19th century
  • Prose
  • Gays' writings, English--History--19th century
  • german language
  • Greek literature
  • Poems
  • Authors, English--19th century--Political and social views
  • Art historians
  • Notes
  • Biography

Occupations:

  • Translator

Places:

  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • Greece (as recorded)