PDF ☆ BOOK The uest for Corvo

BOOK The Quest for Corvo

PDF ☆ BOOK The Quest for Corvo Ì 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 uest for Corvo is a hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of the On of its all but forgotten creator The uest 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 highly recommended if you are a fr rolfe fan and want to learn all about the depths of his failsonry and hell who hasn't obsessed over a unjustly neglected author to the extent that they want to find out everything about him and read all his letters and write his biography

A.J.A. Symons ☆ An Experiment in Biography MOBI

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 ar This was interesting and all but you have to wonder about a guy who reads a book he likes and decides to spend a decade obsessing over the author

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The Quest for Corvo An Experiment in BiographyOne 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 pers It’s astounding this masterpiece of a book was written in 1934 because even now I can think of only one other book of biographical literature that is so strikingly ground breaking so thrillingly compelling in its method of composition – Laurent Binet’s investigation of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich HHhH There are similarities between the two books – most obviously how both authors forge an intimacy with their reader by narrating not only personal feelings about their subject but also making a kind of detective story of how they sought and found the necessary source material It’s like we’re taken inside the process of writing biography There’s no uestion Symons lucked out with his subject Frederick Rolfe also calling himself Baron Corvo is like a fantastic character from Nabokov His comic possibilities almost infinite Rolfe was a failed painter photographer musician and priest before becoming a writer He experienced his troubles and injustices actual threatened or imagined as relentless taxing and dramatic than those of other people Symons’ interest in him begins when a friend lends him one of Rolfe’s novels Hadrian the Seventh Symons is so bewitched by the novel that he wants to find out about its author Rolfe’s most passionate ambition was to become a Catholic priest When he was thrown out of the Scots College in Rome due to “erratic behaviour” he never really recovered from his sense of injustice toward the end of his life he signed himself Fr Rolfe hoping to be mistaken for a priest and the persecution complex that follows is without uestion his most compelling and defining trait He has the persecution complex to end all persecution complexes In his novel Hadrian the Seventh he exacts his revenge by appointing himself as Pope and slandering all his enemies a method of revenge he will employ in all his future fiction Basically if you get on the wrong side of Rolfe you’re going to be lampooned with brilliant flourishes of venomous wit in his next novel Symons has an early stroke of luck when he procures a series of magazine articles in which a writer vents an incredibly detailed account of Rolfe’s misdemeanours while living in Aberdeen Rolfe never has any money and is therefore dependent on patrons But he is also convinced of his genius and so resentful that the world doesn’t provide him with a living This grievance he will always take out on his benefactors No matter how promisingly every new relationship begins you just know it’s only a matter of time before his paranoia kicks in and his vituperative tongue will begin lashing out Of his many eccentricities one that always brings him into conflict with publishers is his refusal to use conventional spelling There are many examples of this stubbornness in him a couple that spring to mind being an insistence on spelling public publick and Cyprus Zyprus No way will he stand down even if it means scuppering the deal and returning to extreme poverty Not that Rolfe consists only of comic flaws He clearly has a rare insight into the medieval mind and a deep insightful feeling for Italian history – one of his books is a biography of the Borgias He is also clearly charming when he wants to be He ends his life in Venice often reduced to sleeping on a boat and going without food for days on end Symons’ final uest is to find Rolfe’s missing manuscripts always ornately handwritten on expensive paper and in various coloured inks as few of his books were published in his lifetime Symons’ genuine love for Rolfe’s writing means there’s always a tender sympathetic side to his portrait of Rolfe Symons sees the comic charlatan in Rolfe but thanks to his generosity of imagination he also sees genius and it’s this delicately balanced perspective that makes this such a riveting hysterically funny and moving book It’s also an awesome achievement how much material Symons managed to gather given that Rolfe was no of a public figure than you or I at the time he set out on his uest Rolfe works his consuming charm on Symons just as he bewitched all his patrons But Symons was the only one he is unable to turn on and slander And as a result finally a patron is free to help Rolfe get the recognition he deserves The life of Baron Corvo would make an absolutely fabulous film The ebook is only £220 on Some of Rolfe’s books for anyone interested Hadrian the SeventhThe Desire and Pursuit of the Whole A Romance of Modern VeniceA History of the BorgiasStories Toto Told MeThe Venice Letters