By Amber K. Regis

This version is the 1st to breed John Addington Symonds's Memoirs in its entirety. It bargains a breathtaking view of middle-class Victorian existence, laying off gentle upon sexual cultures and lifestyles histories too usually hidden from historical past. Symonds (1840-93) started writing his Memoirs in 1889. It was once, he confessed, 'a silly factor to do.' Symonds was once a revered guy of letters, an historian, translator, essayist and poet; he was once additionally married with little ones. yet instead of spread an easy story of private and non-private success, the Memoirs list his fight to reconcile his homosexuality with those expert and familial identities. His autobiography bargains a confessional account of relationships past the approved bounds of nineteenth-century social mores, proposing another case research that contests the felony and clinical professionals that may label his wants a criminal offense or affliction. but being so eloquent on concerns of heterodox sexuality, the Memoirs have been suppressed. The manuscript survives simply because Symonds known its import, although 'foolish': he advised his literary executor to maintain the textual content, an obligation finally discharged by way of putting the manuscript lower than embargo within the care of the London Library.

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