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Arthur Symons collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 305

Scope and Contents

This finding aid encompasses accessions of single manuscripts and small groups of manuscripts and other papers, by or pertaining to Arthur Symons, which the library has chosen to group and list as an artificial collection. The papers span the dates 1897-1919 and are arranged in two series.

Series I, Letters by Symons , consists of letters written by Arthur Symons The series is alphabetically arranged by recipient and includes items addressed to William Rose Benét, Joseph Conrad, and Grant Richards. The letter to Conrad primarily concerns a projected essay on Flaubert.

Series II, Writings , contains writings by Symons and is alphabetically arranged by title. While most of these concern literary subjects, Box 1, folder 19 houses a holograph of a letter to a periodical on "The Storm Cloud over Russia." The series also includes three undated family photographs.


  • 1893-1919


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Arthur Symons Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ongoing collection of documents acquired by gift and purchase from various sources. Type of accession (gift or purchase) and date of acquisition is noted in the box-and-folder list. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The collection contains letters by Symons to such correspondents as William Rose Benét, Joseph Conrad, and Grant Richards; essays by Symons; and a poem by Symons.

ARTHUR SYMONS (1865-1945)

Arthur William Symons, poet, editor, and critic, was born in Milford Haven, England, on February 28, 1865. After ending his formal schooling at sixteen, Symons became active in London's literary world and also began the extensive travels in France which would ultimately influence his writing. He joined the Rhymers' Club (a group of poets including such figures as William Butler Yeats); edited a range of literary journals; and established himself as a cultural critic with the publication of his Symbolist Movement in Literature in 1899. He authored several volumes of poetry and criticism before suffering a mental collapse in 1908. The majority of his work after this period remained unpublished except for Confessions (1930). Symons died in Wittersham, Kent on January 22, 1945.

Processing Information

This finding aid was produced from a previously existing card set in the Manuscripts Catalog, or from another inventory. All pertinent bibliographical information has been retained. If the collection also contains unlisted or unsorted material, this has been noted in the box-and-folder list.

Guide to the Arthur Symons Collection
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
July 1997
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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