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

ISBN13: 9780940322615
ISBN: 0940322617
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $15.95
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Published Date:
Pages: 312
Average Goodreads rating: 3.99/5 (295 ratings)

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.