Obscure Queer

An Anthology of pieces drawn from my collecting and dealing in the obscure byways of queer literature. A new kind of anthology I hope - evolving, odd, eclectic...

Monday, January 30, 2006

John Addington Symonds

Symonds was one of the very first Victorians to write openly about the subject of homosexuality. There's more information about him than I could ever hope to provide available at Ricor Norton' pages HERE.
The poems below come from 'Fragilia Labilia' which was one of the privatly published booklets of his own poetry that Symonds printed to give to friends. That first privately printed edition is now extremely rare and the number of copies known to exist is in low single digits. These fourteen poems below make up a sequence titled, 'A Lieder Kreis' and have been taken from the later pirated edition by Thomas Mosher.


  • At 1:06 PM, Blogger porcelain skull said…

    little dead god above,

    this is awesome, big deep breath,
    i just hit print,
    thanks so much for for putting the
    your time into this,
    you will be rewarded!,


  • At 2:50 AM, Blogger Luggs, of the Fusty type. said…

    Thank you for the introduction to this wonderful poet.


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