By Amber K. Regis
This variation is the 1st to breed John Addington Symonds's Memoirs in its entirety. It deals a wide ranging view of middle-class Victorian existence, laying off mild upon sexual cultures and existence histories too usually hidden from heritage. Symonds (1840-93) begun writing his Memoirs in 1889. It used to be, he confessed, 'a silly factor to do.' Symonds was once a revered guy of letters, an historian, translator, essayist and poet; he used to be additionally married with youngsters. yet instead of spread an easy story of private and non-private fulfillment, the Memoirs checklist his fight to reconcile his homosexuality with those specialist and familial identities. His autobiography deals a confessional account of relationships past the authorized bounds of nineteenth-century social mores, providing another case research that contests the criminal and scientific gurus that might label his wishes against the law or sickness. but being so eloquent on concerns of heterodox sexuality, the Memoirs have been suppressed. The manuscript survives simply because Symonds known its import, despite the fact that 'foolish': he steered his literary executor to maintain the textual content, an obligation eventually discharged through putting the manuscript less than embargo within the care of the London Library.
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Gosse and Hagberg Wright sought to make safe the archival record, silencing Symonds’s historical, legal and scientific studies of sexual inversion and supressing his personal revelations in letters and diaries. On the evidence of Katharine’s memorandum, it seems that Hagberg Wright presumed she would share their concerns and approve of their efforts to prevent public scandal. But Katharine insisted the family would have thought and acted differently. It is tempting to view this meeting in terms of generational conflict: a daughter fighting to recover her father’s legacy from the outmoded pruderies of his Victorian friends and contemporaries.
S work and friendships. Gosse’s smug gloating delight as he told me, the sense that he had enjoyed to the full the honour fate had given him, was nauseating. 63 The indignant articulacy of Janet’s retrospective account stands in marked contrast to her silence during the tête-à-tête. ’ Janet penned her account in September 1967, just two months after the passing of the Sexual Offences Act that decriminalised (male) homosexuality in England and Wales. K. REGIS her tongue but the spectre of giving offence haunts this exchange: it provides the motive for Gosse’s actions (his fear that Symonds’s private papers would offend the reading public), and it lies at the heart of Janet’s silent protest.
Most other materials in the cardboard box—the autograph book, diaries and letters—were almost certainly destroyed. That anything is known about this shadowy episode in Symonds’s literary afterlife is due to the investigations and testimonies of his descendants. Warren. On 21 April 1927, ten days after the Library sealed the Memoirs, Katharine took to the streets of London. K. REGIS father’s will; this confirmed that copyright and ownership of his unpublished work had passed to Horatio Brown, and she promptly sent a letter to his executors for further information concerning the disposal of his effects.
The Memoirs of John Addington Symonds: A Critical Edition by Amber K. Regis