Born on this date. If you appreciate the anarchic A Confederacy of Dunces you may well enjoy Rolfe’s super funny and outrageous novel Hadrian the Seventh. A classic in its own right is A. J. A. Symons’ biography of Rolfe, The Quest For Corvo.
Below: Alec McCowen as Hadrian the Seventh, Mermaid Theatre, April 1968 winning his first Evening Standard Award as Best Actor for the London production and a Tony nomination after the transfer to Broadway.