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Baron Corvo aka Fr. Rolfe

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…

Frederick Rolfe

I’ve been exploring a terrific repository of “Rolfeana” curated by blogger/translator James Conway on his very interesting Strange Flowers blog, its tagline — “A cabinet of human curiosities”. If like me you have a soft spot for radical individualists (i.e. transgressive “characters”), then  James’ blog is just the ticket: [i]s a product of the blogger’s obsession with history’s…

The Rolfe-Symons Entanglement

A nice and recent piece on the Rolfe-Symons entanglement, a follow up to the last post. Symons Said; On the trail of a strange, elusive life in literature. Michael Dirda, The Weekly Standard, Vol. 18 No. 14 My quest for Symons A.J.A. Symons, that is began when, many years ago, I first read that strange novel Hadrian…