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Plays, Acting and Music

Symons, Arthur

Published by E.P. Durton, New York, 1909
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
From Garrison House Books IOBA (Medina, OH, U.S.A.)

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Very nice clean copy of a book recently reprinted in soft cover. This early edition is quite lovely though with clean boards and pages and nice gilding to top edge. Tightly bound with no cracking to hinges. The front free endpaper shows the former owner's name in what appears to be pencil, but we left it, as she was a member of one of Akron, Ohio's most prominent families and we bought the book from the estate of her daughter.The Welsh born Symons was an interesting writer, noted as a reviewer, a poet and an essayist, as well as an editor of plays and an employee of some of the great magazines of the his time, including Saturday Review and the short-lived Savoy which was started in London in by Leonard Smither who had been a friend of Oscar Wilde's. The magazine printed such greats as Yeats, Joseph Conrad and Aubrey Beardsley before its demise after just eight issues. Smither went on to make a name for himself as a pornagrapher, even publishing erotica bound in human skin.But I digress. The point here is Symon who is best known for his book The Symbolist Movement in Literature. This volume was originally published in 1903 and reprinted here in 1909, the year after its author suffered a nervous breakdown that prevented him from writing for almost two decades. He discusses in a series of essays numerous topics, all related to the arts including, but not limited to, Nietzsche on Tragedy, Sarah Bernhardt, Tolstoi, the question of censorship, the price of realism, the speaking of verse, Paderewski, the dramtization of song, Mozart in the Mirabell-Garten and notes on Wagner at Bayreuth. Bookseller Inventory # 18156

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Title: Plays, Acting and Music

Publisher: E.P. Durton, New York

Publication Date: 1909

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No DJ

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Garrison House Books has maintained an on-line presence since 1997. We are a general interest used, rare, and out-of-print bookstore based in the quaint Victorian town of Medina, Ohio. American history, children's books and ephemera (the history of the people) intrigue us most, but we buy and maintain books in all categories. We are Tess and Eric Kindig, married forever, and passionate about books, bookselling and readers. Tess has been a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, and public relations director, and is still a working author with 13 published books to her credit. Eric owns Log Cabin Inc. in Lodi, Ohio, an 8,000-plus square foot retail establishment specializing in historical books and reenactment accoutrements. In addition to his remarkable ability to schlep large piles of books from hither to yon, Eric brings over 30 years of retail experience to this endeavor! Also, joining our staff are our beloved bookshop kitties -- Miss Lil and Mickey. The former provides gentility and elan, and the latter (who is basically a street thug) provides comic relief. We believe that books are treasures, not commodities, and that readers are individuals, not numbers. Our greatest joy is in getting to know you and serving you with grace and good humor. We appreciate your business very much!

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