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Symons, A. J. A. (Alphonse James Albert) 1900-1941

Overview
Works: 176 works in 478 publications in 5 languages and 4,735 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biographies  Autobiographical fiction  Bibliographies  Personal correspondence  Periodicals  Catalogs  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Romance fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Creator, Other
Classifications: PR5236.R27, 823.8
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Most widely held works by A. J. A Symons
The quest for Corvo; an experiment in biography by A. J. A Symons( Book )

89 editions published between 1934 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One day in 1925 a friend asked A. J. A. Symons if he had read Fr. Rolfe's Hadrian the Seventh. He hadn't, but soon did, and found himself entranced by the novel - "a masterpiece" - and no less fascinated by the mysterious person of its all-but-forgotten creator. The Quest for Corvo is a portrait of the strange Frederick Rolfe, self-appointed Baron Corvo, an artist, writer, and frustrated aspirant to the priesthood with a bottomless talent for self-destruction. But this singular work, subtitled "an experiment in biography," is also a remarkable self-portrait, a study of the obsession and sympathy that inspire the biographer's art."--BOOK JACKET
The desire and pursuit of the whole : a romance of modern Venice by Frederick Rolfe( Book )

33 editions published between 1934 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rolfe (1860-1913) was an abusive, learned English writer (pen name: Baron Corvo) whose most famous work was Hadrian the Seventh. Set in Venice, the novel at hand was written in 1904 (a year before Mann's Death in Venice) but not published until 1934, with its homoeroticism pruned. This is its first complete, nonbowdlerized publication. Rolfe's relatives detested the posthumous manuscript and though it should be burned. Like Rolfe, its hero--Nicholas Crabbe- -has a genius for making enemies and, like Rolfe, Crabbe is rejected for the priesthood by the Roman Catholic Church (to which he'd converted at 25), takes up painting, then writing, and at the beginning of the story here is first seen aboard a small boat he's provisioned with the intent of retreating utterly from mankind for several months. But one night an earthquake ashore destroys a town before his eyes, and the next morning he rescues the only creature there still alive: an androgynous but breastless boy/girl of 17 who goes variously as Ermengilda and Zildo and who becomes Crabbe's shipboard servant. The surprised Crabbe falls into an obsessive craving for Zildo while sinking into dire poverty amid the glories of Venice. Though brought up as a boy, Ermengilda is the daughter, through many generations, of three Doges of the Middle Ages, has the gait of a goddess, radiant splendor, magnificent muscular curve of neck and shoulder, superb saturnian form, a clear-souled gaze, and the unwrung pluck and poise of ages past. Crabbe must marry Gilda/Zildo and have his/her "bud''-but, first, can Crabbe's exquisite angel save him from starvation? A bizarre gay fantasy finds the right age at last."--Kirkus
The quest for Corvo by A. J. A Symons( Book )

24 editions published between 1934 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One day in 1925 a friend asked A.J.A. Symons if he had read Fr. Rolfe's "Hadrian the Seventh." He hadn't, but soon did, and found himself entranced by the novel -- "a masterpiece"--And no less fascinated by the mysterious person of its all-but-forgotten creator. "The Quest for Corvo" is a hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of the strange Frederick Rolfe, self-appointed Baron Corvo, an artist, writer, and frustrated aspirant to the priesthood with a bottomless talent for self-destruction. But this singular work, subtitled "an experiment in biography," is also a remarkable self-portrait, a study of the obsession and sympathy that inspires the biographer's art
H.M. Stanley by A. J. A Symons( Book )

15 editions published between 1833 and 2007 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of 'Nineties' verse by A. J. A Symons( Book )

11 editions published between 1928 and 1971 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays and biographies by A. J. A Symons( Book )

12 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bibliography of the first editions of books by William Butler Yeats by A. J. A Symons( Book )

15 editions published between 1924 and 1978 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Nonesuch century : an appraisal, a personal note and a bibliography of the first hundred books issued by the press, 1923-1934 by Nonesuch Press( Book )

19 editions published in 1936 in English and Undetermined and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Book-collector's quarterly( )

in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emin, the Governor of Equatoria by A. J. A Symons( Book )

9 editions published between 1928 and 1950 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hubert's Arthur : being certain curious documents found among the literary remains of Mr. N.C. by Frederick Rolfe( Book )

4 editions published in 1935 in English and Undetermined and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The epicure's anthology by Nancy Quennell( Book )

5 editions published between 1936 and 1991 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The songs of Meleager by Meleager( Book )

1 edition published in 1937 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tradition and experiment in present-day literature by England) City Literary Institute (London( Book )

1 edition published in 1929 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some letters of Vincent O'Sullivan to A.J.A. Symons by Vincent O'Sullivan( Book )

2 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frederick Baron Corvo : read at the four hundred and eighteenth meeting of the Sette of Odd Volumes held at the Royal Adelaide Gallery on the twenty-third day of October, MCMXXVI by A. J. A Symons( Book )

6 editions published between 1926 and 1928 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Typescript of a speech presented by Symons at a meeting of the Sette of Odd Volumes, 23 Oct. 1926; incomplete
Two brothers : fragments of a correspondence by Julian Symons( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An episode in the life of the Queen of Sheba by A. J. A Symons( Book )

3 editions published in 1929 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is it Wise by A. J. A Symons( Book )

5 editions published between 1934 and 1979 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A.J.A. Symons : his life and speculations by A. J. A Symons( Book )

1 edition published in 1950 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The quest for Corvo; an experiment in biography
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Alternative Names
A. J. A. Symons Brits biograaf (1900-1941)

A. J. A. Symons escritor britânico

A. J. A. Symons scrittore britannico

A. J. A. Symons shkrimtar britanik

A・J・A・シモンズ

Alphonse James Albert Symons

Alphonse James Albert Symons écrivain britannique

Alphonse James Albert Symons escriptor britànic

Symons, A.J.A.

Symons, A.J.A. 1900-1941

Symons, Alphonse J.

Symons, Alphonse J. 1900-1941

Symons, Alphonse James A.

Symons, Alphonse James A. 1900-1941

Symons Alphonse James Albert

Symons, Alphonse James Albert 1900-1941

シモンズ, A. J. A.

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