By A. J. A. Symons
My experiment at three hundred dpi, OCR'd, frist version 1934, this version of 1940, no ISBN
Symons’s biography of a little-known author named Frederick Rolfe is exclusive in biographical literature in bringing the reader in on how the biographer understands what he is aware approximately his topic; and in possessing as much as what he doesn’t comprehend or feels can't be identified. ‘The Quest for Corvo’ is biography within the kind of a detective tale, and as such it really is riveting….The most desirable formulation for a masterpiece biography—of which there will not be that many—is a rare individual writing a few nice one. In ‘The Quest for Corvo’ we've an totally fascinating guy writing on a madly eccentric one….A slim publication, a wierd publication, a very unique booklet, [it] additionally represents a brand new approach to writing biography that hasn't ever been copied.
—Joseph Epstein, The Wall road Journal
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It wil! be well, for many reasons, to indicate how far His Excellency the Baron Corvo is to be taken au serieux. And first as to title. People will look in vain in the peerage of this or any other country for the lineage of Baron Corvo. But ' the Baron' has not now used the title for the first time ; nor does he use it without being well warned by those with whom he was acquainted as to the complications likely to result if he persisted in doing so. It was all right so long as he employed the title to those who knew what value to put upon it, but he has been fond of subscribing himself in formal communications • very truly, Corvo ', and even as 'Frederick Baron Corvo '.
One article did not satisfy the spleen of Rolfe's first biographer. Baron's residence in Aberdeen. It is unnecessary to repeat in full all the instances he gives of the ways in which Rolfe struggled to keep his head above water. He appealed all round for aid to finance inventions of which there is no longer any record. Perhaps a hint of one can be gleaned from the letter to Sir Henry Ponsonby quoted above, and another to Mr. W. Astor in which Rolfe claims to have 'invented a portable light by which I can dispense with the sun '.
N in theology. I remember he was engaged in painting a picture on some historical subject, and used to get one or more of the boys from the lay school which at that time formed part of Oscott to stand for his picture. My impression of the picture is that it was good to a high degree for anyone not a qualified artist. He also went in for beating out brasswork. I suppose you know that before coming to Oscott, the late Lord Bute had engaged him to take charge of the Catholic Choir in Oban ? Amongst his books he had Lord Bute's translation of the Breviary, no doubt given · him by Lord Bute.