Young, gay, William Beckwith spends his time, and his trust fund, idly cruising London for erotic encounters. When he saves the life of an elderly man in a public convenience an unlikely job opportunity presents itself. The man is Lord Nantwich, a gay peer of the realm and in the market for a biographer.
The heroes of the Spanish novels make their way through a seamy underworld populated by unsavoury beggars, corrupt priests, eccentrics, whores and criminals. Lazarillo de Tormes and Pablos the swindler are determined to attain the trappings of the gentleman, but have little time for the gentlemanly ideals of religion, justice, honour and nobility.
First published in 1899 and subsequently out of print for over 50 years, The Symbolist Movement in Literature was a highly influential work of criticism, introducing the French Symbolists to an Anglophone readership. This new critical edition includes an introduction, chronology, notes and illuminating appendices.