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(1899).1

But before Yeats could

nternational "Symbolist School."

the writings of M.

Mallarme,

formulate

hi

For although Yeats was the

which I have not French enough

Mallarme since 1890 whei


Rome.

Although impresi

Symons

turned increasingly toward Stephane Malla

The

the

Iarme3
:change

folio

genius

of The

principal

illustrator,

Aubrey

isually applied to the


d Paris, 12
the

final

Valvins, par Avon


lee Juillet (1896)

Seine-et-Ma:

tout a fait bea

Stephane Mallarme

1st July (1896)

Seine-et-Marne

elf

in

it,

absolutely,

above)

M.

in

Th.

esting that you


along wit
Blanche.

thought,

I cha

349

be

the

English correspondent of it and,

in case

the

nesd

the Channel.4
Very sincerely yours,
Stephane Mallarme
Notes, Letter 1
l"The Future Phenomenon" (Savoy, No. 3, July 1896: 9899), which George Moore translated from Mallarme's prose poem
Le Phenomene Future.

evoked in many of his own poems:


And scarcely swift the flying feet

And now we are a little tired


Of the eternal carnival (Savoy, No. 3, July 1896: 58).
3Thadee Natanson (1868-1951), lawyer and writer, cofoun-

August number of The Savoy:

of M. August Rodin,
Paul Verlaine. . . .

for the erection of a monument to


I have been asked by M. Mallarme

the office of "The Savoy,"


London, W.C,

Effingham

House,

Strand,

Arthur Symons (Savoy,


No. 4, August 1896: 94)

day

to

Whibley.2

i will ask

this afternoon than London.

the

admirable

Mad

Your hand, very dearly.

of t h e " S c e n e " from M a l l a r m e ' s H e r o d i a d e was p u b l i s h e d


in
S_avy^, N o . 8 , D e c e m b e r 1 8 9 6 : 6 7 - 6 8 .
Ev i d e n t l y S y m o n s h a d

Although
poem he

B e a r d s l e y could not bring himself


to
considered
"hideously
depressing,"

[RutheFford:

Fairleigh

Autobiographies
^Charles
Henley's

Tudor

who i n v i t e d

[London:
Whibley

Dic'kin'son

Macmillan,
(18591930):

Translations

Mallarme

Univ.

series

to Cambridge

1955]

Press,

19701

184).

321).

English
and

illustrate a
he w r o t e
to

later

and O x f o r d

journalist
edited

to

the

lecture

and
Col

on L_a^

there.

actress and pens ionna i re at the Coined ie-Francaise,


In 1900
Sne married the French essayist and critic Marcel Schwob
(1867-1905) .

5Mallarme, Divagations

^After

the

demise

of

(Paris: Charpentier, 1897).

The

S_aXY'

Symons

traveled

to

magni f i q^uemen t .2^

Votre
Stephane

My dear

Mallarme

Symons

What an admirable
aesthetic:

it

page,

yours,

contains

in The Saturday

what

you

cannot

Review,1 I c

say

to

expla

all,

nothinc) that I wanted to say that you have not put yo

7):
0^

for

He

poetry

an a b s o l u t e

of an a f t e r
r a t h e r than

existence:

"To evoke, by some

all
impossible description;
to e x p r e s s " (110).

to

be,

in

elaborfact,

353

r e c e i v i n g w o r d t h a t M a l l a r m e had d i e d on 9 S e p t e m b e r 1 8 9 8 .
W r i t t e n in the south of France at the C h a t e a u de C h a m e a n e or

b r e a u d , ArtTiilr Symo"nsT~ A~Cr i tica"i Biography


P r e s s , 1 9 6 8 ) , 146-49.
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