Arthur William Symons Papers

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Arthur William Symons papers
Creator: Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945
Call Number: D.27
Dates: 1887-1917
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Typed manuscripts, 1887-1917
Collection Overview
Title: Arthur William Symons papers
Creator: Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945
Call Number: D.27
Dates: 1887-1917
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Arthur William Symons (1865-1945), poet, translator, critic and editor, was born at Milford Haven, Cornwall, the son of a Wesleyan Methodist minister. He was educated in various schools in Devonshire until the age of sixteen. His first critical work, An Introduction to the Works of Browning, was published in 1886, and his first book of poems, Days and Nights, was issued in 1889. From this point until his health broke down in 1908, Symons produced a work of poetry, criticism or translation almost every year, as well as contributions to the Athenaeum, the Saturday Review, and the Fortnightly Review. He was in touch with contemporary literary and artistic developments in both England and France during the 1890's and knew W.B. Yeats, Aubrey Beardsley, Paul Verlaine, and Stephane Mallarme. After his breakdown in 1908, Symons suffered a period of mental illness which lasted for two years, and from which he gradually recovered. He continued to write, and his output between 1919-1930 almost matched his first period in quantity. Symons was married in 1901 to Rhoda Bowser, who died in 1936.

Scope and Content
The Arthur William Symons Papers are comprised of one box containing typed manuscripts with handwritten corrections of the play Tristan and Iseult, published 1917, and the typed manuscript of the book of poetry A Book of Twenty Songs, published 1905, as well as one letter from Arthur William Symons to Mr. Parker, 1887.

Subject(s):
Theater
Drama
Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was the gift of Robert F. Metzdorf, January 30, 1969.The collection was the gift of Robert F. Metzdorf, January 30, 1969. Typed manuscript of A Book of Twenty Songs, 1905 and letter from Arthur Williams Symons to Mr. Parker purchased Murray, March 27 1973, Wilson FundAccess
The Arthur William Symons papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Arthur William Symons papers, D.27, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Biographical Information:

Dictionary of National Biography

Lhombreaud--Arthur Symons, a Critical Biography.


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Typed manuscripts, 1887-1917
Box 1, Folder 1Binding for manuscript of Tristan and Iseult, Acts 1-4
Box 1, Folder 2-5Typed manuscript of Tristan and Iseult, Acts 1-4
Box 1, Folder 6Typed manuscript of A book of twenty songs, 1905
Box 1, Folder 7Arthur Williams Symons to Mr. Parker, December 13, 1887
Box 1, Folder 8-11Typed manuscript of Tristan and Iseult, Acts 1-4
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