John Addington Symonds

(2936 words)

John Addington Symonds, the cultural historian, writer on homosexuality, poet and translator, was born in 1840, the son of a Bristol doctor (also called John Addington Symonds) and his wife Harriet Sykes. Both families were well-connected, something that was to fascinate Symonds; in later life he was to write a pamphlet on his family tree. (Symonds is often confused with Arthur Symons, the author of The Symbolist Movement in Literature (1899). They did correspond, and much of what they had to say concerned whether or not they were distantly related.) More important than the blood relatives though were the many key figures in Victorian liberalism who passed through his father's house, giving the young Symonds a feeling for work …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Booth, Howard J.. "John Addington Symonds". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 June 2003
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]