Fall 1965 • Vol. XXVII No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1965 |

Bad Verses and Good Offices

The Woeful Victorian: A Biography of John Addington Symonds by Phyllis Grosskurth. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, $6.95. Cockerell by Wilfrid Blunt. Alfred A. Knopf, $7.50. Was John Addyas mediocre as his published works seem to indicate? Was he constitutionally incapable of rising above the second-rate as an essayist, critic, and historiographer? Would he under any circumstances have remained completely unratable as a poet? These are questions that continually crop up as one reads Mrs. Grosskurth's biography, for it was the peculiar and prevailing irony of Symonds' life that, while he was the kind of writer who needs always to draw directly from experience, his own was riddled with the yearnings, evasions, and habits of the invert, and this at a time when the public disapproval of homosexuality was strongest. His own opinions about his writing tended to conflict. In a letter to a friend, written when he was twenty-four, he seems to have no doubt about one branch of his

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