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DOWNLOAD The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography 107 ↠ 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 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. ‘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 myself’That was probably all a lie including the part about being a doctor thought Grant but what the hell Who was he to worry about people lying anyway Just the same he did not like TydonFrom Wake In Fright Kenneth Cook 1961Symon's The uest for Corvo is a biography of a characterBaron 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 he kept on borrowing money from everyone around him continuously losing and making friendsBack in the 30s Symons stumbled over Corvo's most famous novel Hadrian the Seventh a novel about a Catholic disillusioned with Catholics who surprisingly becomes the pope it's of a revenge fantasy than a proper novel still I guess Symons loved it Symons became enthralled with Corvo and back then Wikipedia wasn't around so he started to research as most of Corvo's friends and contemporaries were still aliveWhat makes this an experiment in biography is that the reader isn't present with a cut and dry linear story of Corvo's life Instead you get to read about Symons' pains in research who he tried to contact who he talked to whose letters he received what these letters contained and so on It makes for a surprising detective story I wonder whether this would have been fun if I wouldn't have known that these were real people and real authors it could have been a Calvino or a Borges experimentSymons often uotes from Corvo's letters at length and since Corvo's self love made him his own worst enemy we get things that are so fun you want them tattooed onto someoneI am now simply engaged in dying as slowly and as publicly and as annoyingly to all of you UnderstandableWhat suprised me the most was how Symons' love for Corvo's writing is infectious You'd think that someone like Symons would get disillusioned after learning that Corvo ripped off friend after friend after friend always borrowing dozens or hundreds of Pounds never paying back anything instead sending insulting letters then disappearing into hissy fits But yet this is Symons on Corvo aka RolfeSome measure of artistic power or sensibility is inherent in all humanity; 'genius' is as good a word as any other to denote those exceptional beings in whom unaccountably it rises to full force And Rolfe was a defeated man of geniusThat's what makes this book so interesting; it isn't particularly fun to read Corvo's style really hasn't survived the test of time but while you read about RolfeCorvo you end up learning about Symons

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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. 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

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The Quest for Corvo An Experiment in BiographyWith 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. 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 apparent genius Corvo is skilled in many arts and there are no shortage of people who are initially willing to partner with him on some kind of project However it becomes uickly clear that Corvo suffers from an extreme persecution complex is inflexible on just about every detail and will end up trying to manipulate you to give him money which he never is able to make or keep The biggest problem to the casual reader such as myself is that you have no real evidence of Corvo's genius other than to take the word of the people interviewed I haven't read any of Corvo's books very few people have and the random snippets here and there aren't really enough to convey much out of context So you end up wondering why there's such a fuss about this guy in the first place He just seems like kind of an asshole It is easy to feel some pity for him and the author goes through great pains to do so but I often wondered why I was reading about him in the first placeThat being said the biographer's obsessive interest in tracking down anyone who might have known Corvo is infectious and even a rude asshole can be fun to read about so it's still pretty interesting I think the experimental elements of the biography are overblown it's set up like a fairly typical biography or documentary Really the only thing out of the ordinary is the biographer's obsession There's a point at the end where he notes that he may be the only person in the world who has read or knows certain information about Corvo which is kind of cool for whatever that ended up being worth to himIt's also interesting to watch him track down lost or rare manuscripts In a digital age you don't often think about published works going missing any but this was in a time where entire books were lost because the author was traveling with it on a boat and the pages got too wet What a time to be aliveThis isn't something I'd easily recommend to anyone but I mostly enjoyed it so there you go I'm happy it exists because it keeps alive the name and works of an author that could have easily been lost to history which is very romantic but it's also not anything that's setting the world on fire