Baron Corvo

Baron Corvo
Baron Corvo
Exactly one hundred years ago, the English writer and eccentric, Frederick William Serafino Austin Lewis Mary Rolfe, better known as Baron Corvo, died in Venice. The author of Hadrian the Seventh (his most famous novel) was fifty-three years old. 

The writer had arrived in Venice in the summer of 1907 and spent most of the remaining six years of his life here. The 'baron', an awkward and querulous character, with a seemingly endless talent for self-destruction, had a tendency to fall out spectacularly with people who tried to help him. 
Tomb of Frederick Rolfe, aka Baron Corvo, Cemetery of San Michele, Venice
Tomb of Frederick Rolfe
Rolfe, who had converted to Roman Catholicism in 1886, is buried on the island of San Michele. 

In 1934 he became the subject of A.J.A Symons' minor masterpiece The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography.

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