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Arthur Symons

Arthur William Symons (1865-1945) was a British writer and literary scholar. At the age of seventeen he published an article about Robert Browning which launched his career as a writer. Symons wrote and published prolifically and by the 1890s was a key member of London literary circles. He was also a close friend of Havelock Ellis’s, which appears to be how Schreiner came to know him. There is one extant letter from Schreiner to Symons, dating from 1898. In it Schreiner comments on a photograph of Symons, and also discusses the translation of The Story of an African Farm into French, asking whether in the past it was Symons who had perhaps said he would undertake this.

For further information see:
Karl Beckson (2004) ‘Symons, Arthur William (1865-1945)’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/36400
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