One summer afternoon A. J. A. Symons is handed a peculiar, eccentric novel that he cannot forget and, captivated by this unknown masterpiece, determines to learn everything he can about its mysterious author.
The object of his search is Frederick Rolfe, self-titled Baron Corvo – artist, rejected candidate for priesthood and author of serially autobiographical fictions – and its story is told in this ‘experiment in biography’: a beguiling portrait of an insoluble tangle of talents, frustrated ambitions and self-destruction.
In Search of the Biographer
The pioneering work in question, The Quest for Corvo (1934), was written by an author who published little else of note. It broke all the rules but established a literary sub-genre of its own by...Read more