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The quest for Corvo

Author: A J A Symons; Julian Symons
Publisher: East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, [1955]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Symons, A.J.A. (Alphonse James Albert), 1900-1941.
Quest for Corvo.
East Lansing, Michigan State University Press [1955]
(OCoLC)651734511
Named Person: Frederick Rolfe; Frederick Rolfe; Frederick William Rolfe
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A J A Symons; Julian Symons
OCLC Number: 1592982
Description: vi, 314 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
Contents: The problem --
The clues --
The newspaper attack --
The reluctant brother --
The theological student --
The rejected priest --
The nowt of Holywell --
the strange historian --
The chronicles --
The divine friend --
The queer collaborator --
Interregnum --
the happy interval --
Robert Hugh Benson --
The voluntary exile --
The Venetian outcast --
The final benefactor --
Epitaph --
'The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole' --
The end of the quest.
Responsibility: with an introd. by Julian Symons.

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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.

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