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The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography (New York Review Books Classics), A.J.A. Symons
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Author:    A.J.A. Symons

Title:   The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography (New York Review Books Classics)

Binding:   Paper Back

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    NYRB Classics March 2001

ISBN Number:    0940322617 / 9780940322615

Seller ID:   137634

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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