frederick william rolfe

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frederick william rolfe

English author and eccentric, best known for his autobiographical fantasy Hadrian the Seventh. He provides the curious example of an artist rescued from obscurity by his biographer; many years after Rolfe's death A.J.A. Symons wrote a colourful biographical fantasy, The Quest for Corvo (1934), the publication of which marked the beginning of Rolfe's fame.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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