- Author:A. S. Byatt,A.J.A. Symons
- Publisher:NYRB Classics; 1st edition (March 12, 2001)
- Pages:312 pages
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Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). 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.
Symon's The Quest for Corvo is a biography of a character
Published March 31st 2001 by NYRB Classics (first published 1932). The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography. 0940322617 (ISBN13: 9780940322615). Symon's The Quest for Corvo is a biography of a character. Baron Corvo aka Frederick Rolfe aka Frederick William Serafino Austin Lewis Mary Rolfe was a British writer around the turn of the last century, who died young after a relatively colourful life - he was a staunch catholic who got kicked out of the seminary, he tried to be a painter, he tried to be a writer, he never held a steady job, instead.
Without further delay, we come to The Quest for Corvo. Symons’s hunt for the dubiously titled Baron Corvo (or Frederick Rolfe) begins when a friend (and rare book dealer) gives him a copy Hadrian the Seventh, Rolfe’s self-portrait as a pope: How was it that I had never heard of a man who had it in his power to write such a book as Hadrian the Seventh? It turns out that the writer had other, darker powers.
The Quest for Corvo is widely regarded as one of the best of literary biographies. He was Gay and the book is considered an early GLBT classic. Symons has given the world a biography of the author of Hadrian the Seventh written in exquisite prose. We follow along as Symons contacts through letters initially friends and family of Corso. He had assumed the title Baron, claiming with no substantiation he had been awarded the honor, and tried to live like royalty. He died in the gutters of the bad side of Venice.
Additional Book Information. Series: NYRB Classics ISBN: 9780940322615 Pages: 312 Publication Date: March 31, 2001. But it is the book's compulsive readability that proves the exquisiteness of the match Much as can be said for Symons's and Rolfe's mutual fit, a good part of the success of The Quest rests with Symons's decision to structure the story like a detective novel. The surest formula for a masterpiece biography-of which there are not that many-is an extraordinary human being writing about a great one.
An experiment in biography. Chapter I: the problem. My quest for Corvo was started by accident one summer afternoon in 1925, in the company of Christopher Millard. The Quest for Corvo by . Originally published London: Cassell, 1934. We were sitting lazily in his little garden, talking of books that miss their just reward of praise and influence. I mentioned Wylder’s Hand, by Le Fanu, a masterpiece of plot, and the Fantastic Fables of Ambrose Bierce.
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Symons's THE QUEST FOR CORVO could almost be a sketch for these later, deeper studies in its very metatextual approach to what it means to compose a biography of Frederick Rolfe, one of the strangest figures in fin-de-siecle British letters. Although later biographies took this work to task for its errors and omissions, that shouldn't dissuade you from enjoying how Symons juxtaposes differing perspectives on the quarrelsome and paranoid Rolfe's actions and behaviors, and his desire to get at the "real ma.