Arthur Symons

(28 February 1865 – 22 January 1945 / Milford Havens, Wales)

Arthur Symons
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Arthur William Symons, was a British poet, critic and magazine editor.

Life

Born in Milford Haven, Wales, of Cornish parents, Symons was educated privately, spending much of his time in France and Italy. In 1884–1886 he edited four of Bernard Quaritch's Shakespeare's Quarto Facsimiles, and in 1888–1889 seven plays of the "Henry Irving" Shakespeare. He became a member of the staff of the Athenaeum in 1891, and of the Saturday Review in 1894, but his major editorial feat was his work with the short-lived Savoy.

His first volume of verse, Days and Nights (1889), consisted of dramatic monologues. ... more »

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  • ''What we ask of him is, that he should find out for us more than we can find out for ourselves.... He must have the passion of a lover.''
    Arthur Symons (1865-1945), British poet, critic. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria, introduction (1906).
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