KINDLE [The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography]


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  • The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography
  • A.J.A. Symons
  • English
  • 14 August 2020
  • 9780940322615

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The uest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography Free read ☆ 104 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. Stranger and better than fiction The uest might appear to be casually conceived man reads book man falls in love man reads book s author s letters man gets both fascinated and appalled man decides to write author s biography and casually written but at least the latter is not true Symons who only takes shape as a character writer at the very beginning and end of his book ensures the pacing timing findings sources and even a mysterious benefactor appear at just the right moments in this seemingly nonchalantly crafted story to keep us interested He also makes discreet but masterly use of the fashionable modernist techniues the amateur detective fiction frame known from The Great Gatsby for instance fragmented and conflicting point of view variety of voicesThe books works so fantastically well in spite of its rather simple premise find out as much as possible about author write letters letters letters reprint received letters letters letters because of its peculiar subject The tormented multitalented paranoid Frederick Rolfe a man with an infallible and elaborate self sabotage mechanism makes my pet miserable author Jean Rhys look like a fully functional successful person Highly recommended

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The uest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography Free read ☆ 104 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 uest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography Free read ☆ 104 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 pers. My uest for Corvo was started by accident one summer afternoon in 1925 in the company of Christopher Millard We were sitting lazily in his little garden talking of books that miss their just reward of praise and influenceMillard asked Have you read Hadrian the Seventh I confessed that I never hadand by doing so took the first step on a trail that led into very strange places By thus serendipitously discovering the Baron Corvo s little known Hadrian the Seventh a lightly veiled and apparently brilliantly original autobiography as revenge novel author A J A Symons found himself obsessed with the idea of tracking down the rest of Corvo s literary works In a way that seems only possible in 1925 Britain Symons wrote letters to everyone he thought might have information on or might be in possession of the works of this Baron Corvo and in return he received countless detailed replies invitations for tea and the provision of further names for correspondence The that Symons learned about Corvo the he realised that he was on the trail of a truly original character and while at first Symons interest was solely in tracking down the rest of Corvo s missing novels he eventually realised that he had assembled the details of a life thoroughly worthy of a popular biography The subtitle of The uest for Corvo is An Experiment in Biography and that s the piece that makes this an enduringly fascinating read in what was apparently a ground breaking move for the time Symons relates the details of his uest and by placing himself firmly at the center this biography of another man and by uoting at length from the letters he received and the interviews he conducted the whole reads like a fascinating detective story In this case truth certainly is stranger than fiction and Symons invented the ideal method to explore a strange and tortured life Thoroughly enjoyable read My interest in the early years of the eminent is far less than that which the tradition of biographical writing painfully imposes on its devotees The facts of infancy may be vital when they refer to a prodigy such as Mozart interesting when relevant to a rebel such as Shelley valuable when they show the growth of a man out of his place as Poe but in Rolphe s case I felt like his childhood was by much the least interesting part of his life Baron Corvo was but one of the pen names used by British artistwriter Frederick Rolfe he did spend time with an Italian countess in his youth and she may or may not have conferred this lesser baronic title upon him and at some point after being expelled from the second Catholic seminary he attended he began signing his letters as Fr Rolfe Fr is apparently an accepted shortform for Frederick but he was likely trying to give the impression of having been ordained Although acknowledged as a talented painter and photographer for which he was never commercially successful Rolfe eventually took to writing And although his literary works were highly praised by those who understood their uniue genius Rolfe was such a prickly disputant self defeating paranoiac that he pretty much scuttled every business deal he managed to make Throughout his adult life Rolfe lived barely above subsistence working in great bursts of energy when he could find a sponsor but as he would always eventually insult his benefactors or borrow than he could ever hope to repay he seemed to spend of his time writing appeals for money than writing anything publishable He died penniless and friendless at fifty one in Venice after having lived his last few months in a borrowed gondola Much much happened in Rolfe s life than this bare biography impliesBut The uest for Corvo is eually about Symons experience and the twists and turns his investigation took merit their place in the narrative Again I was so impressed by how helpful his correspondents were what lovely manners to sit down and write out everything you remember about someone at a stranger s reuest and I was pleased that Symons uoted these letters at length Here are some impressions of Rolfe as remembered by his former acuaintances and I delighted in their turns of phrase Canon Carmont who knew Rolfe at Scots College seminary in Rome wrote There was a sort of ruthless selfishness in him which led him to exploit others uite regardless of their interest or feelings or advantage This trait in small matters I saw many instances of He was dressy and particular about his appearance Church matters were mostly a matter of millinery to him Temple Scott who attempted to get Rolfe s translation of Omar Khayyam published wrote I found that it was irritating to help him He curdled the milk of human feeling by an acidity of nature he was unable to sweeten however he might desire to sweeten it And I am sure he did so desire Harry Pirie Gordon erstwhile collaborator with and longtime sponsor of Rolfe wrote He asserted that he understood in part the language of cats and events so far bore out his claim that when in the moonlight he muttered his incantations on the lawn strange cats as well of those of the household abandoned their prowls to rub purringly against his legs Symons uest led him to discover a great deal about CorvoRolfe he even attempts a formal psychoanalysis of his subject which must have been even intriguing in its day and especially with Symons nonjudgmental acceptance of his subject s mostly repressed homosexuality and near the very end of this narrative Symons has a chance meeting with an extremely wealthy man Maundy Gregory who purported to be a member of the Secret Service and this late in the game benefactor unearthed Rolfe s last two missing novels for him It was a deep satisfaction to discover The One and the Many in the depths of a literary agent s cupboard of unretrieved MSS It was a deeper satisfaction still to know that every one of the works that had been left and lost in obscurity when Frederick William Serafino Austin Lewis Mary Rolfe died suddenly and alone at Venice had been collected together by sympathetic hands and that alone of living men I had read every line of every one Nothing was left to be discovered the uest was ended Hail strange tormented spirit in whatever hell or heaven has been allotted for your everlasting rest The uest for Corvo is a fitting biography of a deserving subject a genre busting in its day experiment in telling a life story and an intriguing detective story that reveals uite a bit about Symons and according to the introduction to my edition this Symons was a bit of a character himself Totally satisfying


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    KINDLE [The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography] Read & Download The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography This is one of the most interesting books I've ever read It's about Frederick Rolfe a truly odd duck prickly brilliant an Englishman obsessed with becoming a Catholic priest I was enthralled The way he lived his life seems almost fictional Rolfe upset nearly everyone he met He's just the sort of character who should have a

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    Read & Download The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography Free download à PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ç A.J.A. Symons A.J.A. Symons ç 4 Free read ‘I discovered in one month flat that I could live and drink as much as I liked without working at anything provided I remained what the locals term a “character”’Grant said ‘Hmm’ and hoped the monologue had come to an end It hadn’t‘I remained a character I live in this hut I obtain all my meals free from my many friends who also provide me with my reuirements in beer which with some self control is the only alcohol I allow

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    KINDLE [The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography] A strange little book basically the biography of a little known English writer and eccentric from the turn of the 20th century as the biographer does his best to track down letters anecdotes and any scrap of information he can find about the mysterious and volatile subjectBaron Corvo or Frederick Rolfe is not a pleasant man We get the impression that everyone who meets him is instantly intrigued by his talents and app

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    KINDLE [The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography] an experiment in biographyyou can say that againvery strange book

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