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Genders and Sexualities in History

The Memoirs of John Addington Symonds

A Critical Edition

Editors: Regis, Amber (Ed.)

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  • Reproduces the full text of John Addington Symonds’s Memoirs for the first time
  • Uncovers the manuscript’s fascinating history from Symonds’s death to its first publication
  • Reveals the emendations and eccentricities of the original manuscript through extensive notes
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This edition is the first to reproduce John Addington Symonds's Memoirs in its entirety. It offers a panoramic view of middle-class Victorian life, shedding light upon sexual cultures and life histories too often hidden from history. Symonds (1840-93) began writing his Memoirs in 1889. It was, he confessed, 'a foolish thing to do.' Symonds was a respected man of letters, an historian, translator, essayist and poet; he was also married with children. But rather than unfold a simple tale of public and private achievement, the Memoirs record his struggle to reconcile his homosexuality with these professional and familial identities. His autobiography offers a confessional account of relationships beyond the accepted bounds of nineteenth-century social mores, presenting an alternative case study that contests the legal and medical authorities that would label his desires a crime or disease. Yet being so eloquent on matters of heterodox sexuality, the Memoirs were suppressed. The manuscript survives because Symonds recognised its import, however 'foolish': he instructed his literary executor to preserve the text, a duty ultimately discharged by placing the manuscript under embargo in the care of the London Library.

About the authors

Amber K. Regis is Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Sheffield, UK. She has published essays and reviews in Life Writing, Journal of Victorian Culture, and the Times Literary Supplement.

Table of contents (20 chapters)

Table of contents (20 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-29124-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $39.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95372-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Memoirs of John Addington Symonds
Book Subtitle
A Critical Edition
Editors
  • Amber Regis
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-29124-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-29124-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95372-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 587
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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