Pearls: Frederick Rolfe

image by Giovanni Dall’Orto

What do I care for the world, that I should plane my prominences down to fit its narrow groove? Have you not realized yet that it is not an ordinary, but an extra-ordinary man with whom you have to deal; and with whom not ordinary, but extra-ordinary methods must be used? […] I do not doubt that justice will be offered me, some day…I under-go that I may over-come.

Further reading
Papal bull
Benevolent deity
Strange Flowers guide to London: part 1
Pages: Frederick Rolfe’s Reviews of Unwritten Books



  1. Thank you for covering another writer we feature. We have a first edition of A J A Symons’ The Quest for Corvo signed by the author ( I hope you’re following us on FB and Twitter 🙂 Arbery Books

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  6. You might be interested in my one-man play Now We Are Pope: Frederick Rolfe in Venice, which is about to be revived at the Etcetera Theatre in London 8 – 13 July 2014 and theSpace on North Bridge, Edinburgh 18 – 23 August. It got good reviews first time round. Part of Desire and Pursuit; three one-man plays on themes of beauty, faith and obsession, which includes Tadzio Speaks . . . , featuring Thomas Mann’s silent youth. Details on

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