The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography

The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780940322615
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 03/31/2001
Series: NYRB Classics Series
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,168,356
Product dimensions: 4.89(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

A.J.A. Symons (1900-1941) pursued a wide variety of projects in his short life, writing and editing works on the verse of the 1890s, the history of the Nonesuch Press, and critical studies of various figures of note. He is remembered for his groundbreaking biography of the bizarre genius Baron Corvo and for his own eccentric hobbies, as chronicled in a biography written by his brother, the mystery novelist Julian Symons.

A S Byatt is renowned internationally for her novels and short stories. Her novels include the Booker Prize-winning PossessionThe Biographer’s Tale and the quartet,The Virgin in the GardenStill LifeBabel Tower and A Whistling Woman. Her most recent novel, The Children’s Book was published in 2009.

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