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Old 05-13-2018, 05:36 PM   #826
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doubleshuffle, no worries - I didn't know the Valancourt edition existed. Certainly not quibbling at that price - bought already.
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Hadrian the Seventh

Hi Doubleshuffle

Thanks for giving Rolfe's Hadrian the Seventh a go.

Is it perhaps worthwhile posting your unfinished version on here, so someone else could have a go and finish it?

I first read the book a good thirty years ago, and I have a Chatto & Windus 1959 edition.

What makes the book particularly entertaining is that many of the characters are not-at-all-thinly disguised portraits of Rolfe's acquaintances. One hesitates to use the word "friends", as Rolfe always and unerringly bit the hand that fed him, and many people who tried to help him later fell victim to his vitriol-filled pen.

There are biographies later than the classic AJA Symons "Quest for Corvo" (published 1934), that go into the details of his life that Symons was unable to include. In the thirties many of the libelled characters were still alive, and the details of Rolfe's unconventional lifestyle could only be alluded to rather than described.

I too have bought the Valancourt Books edition.
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Old 05-14-2018, 03:54 AM   #828
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Is it perhaps worthwhile posting your unfinished version on here, so someone else could have a go and finish it?
Maybe. But, unfinished as it is, it would still need some cleaning up before I could thrust it on someone else.

Anyway, if someone should post here and say they would like to have a go, I'll gladly put it up.
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