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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 861

Arthur Symons letters to Edward Hutton


Correspondence of and relating to British poet and critic Arthur Symons.


  • 1902-1908

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Topics include literary, theatrical, and art criticism, and other related interests. Symons critiques Hutton's writing and discusses his own work, including writing projects and commissioned articles for various literary magazines, including an article called "The Praise of Gypsies" for which he studied the Romany language. Symons letters frequently mention the actress Eleonora Duse. Collection also includes letters from Rhoda Symons (Arthur's wife) to Edward Hutton regarding Symons' mental breakdown.

Biographical / Historical

Symons was a British poet and critic. Hutton was a British author, writing principally on Italy and Italian art.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

52M-93. Purchased with the Morris Gray fund; received: 1952 December 1.

Symons, Arthur,1865-1945. Arthur Symons letters to Edward Hutton, 1902-1908: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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