Description or summary of the book: 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.
Estimated reading time (average reader): 15H4M48S
Other categories, genre or collection: Memoirs, Biography: General, Biography: Historical, Political & Military, Literary Studies: C 1800 To C 1900, Literary Studies: Fiction, Novelists & Prose Writers, Biography: Literary
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