Rolfe, Frederick


    Frederick William Rolfe (1860 - 1913), alias Baron Corvo, was anEnglish novelist born in Cheapside, London. He was the son of a piano manufacturer. Rolfebecame a Roman Catholicin 1886 and also tried to become a priest. He remained a teacher,painter, and photographer and wrote under the nameBaron Corvo. His most famous works are Hadrian the Seventh (1904), which chronicles the life of Arthur Rose, a failed candidate for priesthood, and Stories Toto Told Me (1898).

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    English novelist Frederick William Rolfe earned his living by painting and teaching. Later he started writing novels under the pseudonym Baron Corvo. He is best-known for his autobiographical fantasy “Hadrian the Seventh”.

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