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By A. J. A. Symons

In the future in 1925 a chum requested A. J. A. Symons if he had learn Fr. Rolfe's Hadrian the Seventh. He hadn't, yet quickly did, and located himself entranced by way of the radical -- "a masterpiece"-- and no much less enthusiastic about the mysterious individual of its all-but-forgotten writer. The Quest for Corvo is a hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of the unusual Frederick Rolfe, self-appointed Baron Corvo, an artist, author, and annoyed aspirant to the priesthood with a bottomless expertise for self-destruction. yet this singular paintings, subtitled "an test in biography," can be a notable self-portrait, a examine of the obsession and sympathy that evokes the biographer's artwork.

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PirieGordon, and his son, relating to their questionable behavior in the direction of me. E. P. G. is totally cognisant of his son's behaviour; and it sounds as if is of the same opinion to it. C. H. Pirie-Gordon arbitrarily embroiled me with my brokers in England a yr in the past, so they stopped communications and with-held my publishers' money owed of the final 3 years. hence I turned stranded the following. i've got had no switch of garments in view that August 1908. I stay and sleep within the open touchdown of a stair during this barrack of a palace. i've got walked the town many nights, rainy and fantastic, earlier than i discovered this refuge-have been six consecutive days with out meals, half-starved for weeks jointly on rolls (at 3 centesimi each one) an afternoon, and persevered all extremes of penury wanting criminal and the Asili dei Senza Tetto. All my pawn-tickets of the Monte di Pieta have expired, store one. every now and then I contrive to get a task as a personal gondogliere : at this time I chop and observed and hold logs, paintings a cream-separator, mild fires, and fill boilers. My mom in England works for a residing at seventy five : my sister has develop into blind ; and we haven't met for 3 years. in the meantime, the Pirie-Gordons sulk in silence, having flatly refused to ship me the issues which I left at Gwemvale in August 1908 except I pay carriage. My items detained at Gwemvale are outfits, instruments of alternate, lots of unfinished workall i've got within the world-which i would have become cash some time past. And, contemplating what i've got performed for the Pirie-Gordons within the past-! want merely point out C. H. C. P. -G. 's blameless the nice, dictated from a brief rejected essay, revised, edited, typed and obvious in the course of the press via me---I am totally at a loss to appreciate what stable cause they dare allege for (first) ruining me in order that i will not pay carriage of my items, and (then) refusing me using my very own life-work, manuscripts and fabrics, wherein i would have refunded fee in their carriage and retrieved my place in the past. i do not are looking to intrude among your pleasant kinfolk with the Pirie-Gordons : yet, if an professional be aware of reproof might goad them (even reasonably) right into a experience of decency, I will be enormously served. Faithfully yours Fr. Rolfe Even this didn't suffice, and he introduced his purpose of manufacturing a pornographic paintings in Italian, French, and English, to be released at Paris for fifty francs, with the initials R. H. B. at the title-page, the Pirie-Gordon hands at the hide, and a become aware of inside of that the booklet used to be produced via the authority of that Order of Sanctissima Sophia which he had helped to present in happier days at Gwernvale. The van Somerens back from their vacation, and located their unobtrusive visitor nonetheless busy at his paintings; they little guessed what queer internet Fr. Rolfe used to be quietly weaving. 176 the hunt FOR CORVO It used to be at this era that he begun that correspondence with a chum in England (now useless, who might be anonymous) which lots surprised me whilst Millard first brought me to Rolfe's paintings. Now, while I re-read these scary letters within the mild of my later wisdom, it nonetheless appeared to me that he by no means sank below in writing them.

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