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).
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”.