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 50,000 to 80,000 words.

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

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.

Mailing List. To sign up to the Jewelled Tortoise mailing list, please email This mailing list is only used to announce new titles or important changes to the series. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose.

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)
13Maria Janitschek: A Modern Woman: Stories and Poems
Edited by Lea Felicitas Döding 
Jewelled Tortoise 1331 December 2024
12Ella Hepworth Dixon: Sidelights on the Feminine Temperament and Other Short Stories
Edited by Valerie Fehlbaum 
Critical Texts 83 / Jewelled Tortoise 1231 March 2025
11L. Onerva, Mirdja: A Decadent New Woman
Edited by Viola Parente-Čapková and Translated by Eva Buchwald 
Critical Texts 81 / Jewelled Tortoise 1131 March 2025
10Decadent Writings of Aubrey Beardsley
Edited by Sasha Dovzhyk and Simon Wilson
Critical Texts 78 / Jewelled Tortoise 1018 November 2022
9Lionel Johnson: Selected Poetry and Prose
Edited by Sarah Green 
Critical Texts 73 / Jewelled Tortoise 931 December 2025
8Michael Field, For That Moment Only and Other Prose Works
Edited by Alex Murray and Sarah Parker
Critical Texts 72 / Jewelled Tortoise 84 July 2022
7Hubert Crackanthorpe: Selected Writings
Edited by William Greenslade and Emanuela Ettorre
Critical Texts 71 / Jewelled Tortoise 719 October 2020
6Mathilde Blind: Selected Fin-de-Siècle Poetry and Prose
Edited by James Diedrick
Critical Texts 70 / Jewelled Tortoise 612 November 2021
5George Moore: Confessions of a Young Man
Edited by Matthew Creasy 
Critical Texts 66 / Jewelled Tortoise 530 September 2024
4Decadent and Occult Works by Arthur Machen
Edited by Dennis Denisoff
Critical Texts 53 / Jewelled Tortoise 411 July 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