Arthur William Symons was a poet, critic and editor.
Symons was related to the artist William Christian Symons through his father, a Wesleyan Methodist minister. He was much influenced by Walter Pater who reviewed an early critical volume An Introduction to the Study of Browning (1886). He also wrote works on Aubrey Beardsley, William Blake, Charles Baudelaire and Oscar Wilde and was a prolific poet, beginning with Days and Nights (1889). He frequented artistic and literary circles in London and Paris, and his contact with such literary figures as Paul Verlaine and Stéphane Mallarmé led to his important study The Symbolist Movement in Literature (1899).
Dictionary of National Biography, online edition (accessed September 2004).