Sports and Symonds: A Surprising Connection

Our lab’s task of re-creating John Addington Symonds’ library has most recently taken us to the catalogue of its contents prepared by William George’s Sons, a prominent bookseller in Bristol.1 Although the catalogue is from 1909, 16 years after Symonds’ death, it can shed much light on the influences and inspirations for his scholarly works. … Continue reading Sports and Symonds: A Surprising Connection

Symonds and Sculpture: A Sexual Awakening

From John Addington Symonds' body of work, it seems clear that Greco-Roman art and literature had a significant influence on his intellectual and sexual development. In his memoirs he describes the books in his childhood home that were influential in his personal and intellectual life. Sculpture specifically played a significant role in Symonds adolescence, as … Continue reading Symonds and Sculpture: A Sexual Awakening