Jewelled Tortoise

Texts and Translations book series

The ‘Jewelled Tortoise’, named after J. K. Huysmans’s iconic image of Decadent taste in A Rebours (1884), is a series dedicated to Aesthetic and Decadent literature. Its scholarly editions, complete with critical introductions and accompanying materials, aim to make available to students and scholars alike works of literature and criticism which embody the intellectual daring, formal innovation, and cultural diversity of the British and European fin de siècle.

The series is particularly committed to republishing works that are out of print, especially short novels, poetry, plays, and collections of essays or short stories.

Parent series. This is a subseries of Critical Texts, and titles are given numbers in each series. For example, JT 1 is the same book as CT 35.

Proposals. Proposals are invited from prospective authors who should submit a completed Book Proposal Form. Books should be in the range of 30,000 to 50,000 words.

Review copies. Journals wishing to review books in this series should please contact to request copies.

Distribution. Titles are available for direct ordering worldwide online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, et al., and through the usual trade channels (including Bertrams, Ingram, Baker & Taylor). Booksellers and libraries can order direct from Ingram by setting up a free ipage® Account: click here for more.

Subvention. Authors in this series are not required to raise any subsidy or subvention, but are responsible in the usual way if any rights fees arise from illustrations or other copyright material included.

History. Jewelled Tortoise is one of MHRA's newest series, founded by Stefano Evangelista and Catherine Maxwell in 2014.

General Editors

  • Dr Stefano Evangelista (University of Oxford)
  • Professor Catherine Maxwell (Queen Mary University of London)
4Arthur Machen: The Great God Pan And Other Works
Edited by Dennis Denisoff 
Critical Texts 53 / Jewelled Tortoise 431 March 2018
3Arthur Symons, Selected Early Poems
Edited by Chris Baldick and Jane Desmarais 
Critical Texts 42 / Jewelled Tortoise 311 April 2017
2Arthur Symons, Spiritual Adventures
Edited by Nicholas Freeman 
Critical Texts 39 / Jewelled Tortoise 210 February 2017
1Walter Pater: Imaginary Portraits
Edited by Lene Østermark-Johansen
Critical Texts 35 / Jewelled Tortoise 11 April 2014