Posts Tagged: Ronald Firbank

16 books for (what’s left of) 2016

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Befuddled oracle

A “presence rather than a human being”: Princess Violette Murat

Befuddled oracle

A “presence rather than a human being”: Princess Violette Murat

Circles: Evan Morgan

It is precisely the improbable contradictions Evan Morgan embodied in his life, the unlikely meeting of the most disparate worlds, which makes this writer/occultist/aristocrat/papal bigwig so interesting.

Circles: Evan Morgan

It is precisely the improbable contradictions Evan Morgan embodied in his life, the unlikely meeting of the most disparate worlds, which makes this writer/occultist/aristocrat/papal bigwig so interesting.

Vainglory

Ronald Firbank died on this day in 1926. And rejecting the received wisdom that one should never begin a sentence with “and”, the English writer set it at the beginning of his whole career, said conjunction opening his first novel…

Vainglory

Ronald Firbank died on this day in 1926. And rejecting the received wisdom that one should never begin a sentence with “and”, the English writer set it at the beginning of his whole career, said conjunction opening his first novel…

Doubles: Ronald Firbank

“When he giggled, which he did with nervous frequency, his underlip would come to rest below his upper teeth. He held his cigarette between the index and the middle fingers, keeping them outstretched together with the gesture of a male impersonator puffing at a cigar.”

Doubles: Ronald Firbank

“When he giggled, which he did with nervous frequency, his underlip would come to rest below his upper teeth. He held his cigarette between the index and the middle fingers, keeping them outstretched together with the gesture of a male impersonator puffing at a cigar.”

Looking ahead

A look ahead at some volumes of interest scheduled to appear in 2012, including works by or about Joseph Roth, Anita Berber & Sebastian Droste, Aleister Crowley, Isabelle Eberhardt, Ronald Firbank, M.P. Shiel and Count Eric Stenbock, as well as a biography of Herbert Huncke.

Looking ahead

A look ahead at some volumes of interest scheduled to appear in 2012, including works by or about Joseph Roth, Anita Berber & Sebastian Droste, Aleister Crowley, Isabelle Eberhardt, Ronald Firbank, M.P. Shiel and Count Eric Stenbock, as well as a biography of Herbert Huncke.

The double life of Evan Morgan

He was an occultist, yet chamberlain to two popes; gay, yet husband to two women. He was a friend to Augustus John, john to Denham Fouts, bogey-man to the Establishment. He mixed with royalty and rabble, and there was a Jekyll-and-Hyde polarity within his own personality.

The double life of Evan Morgan

He was an occultist, yet chamberlain to two popes; gay, yet husband to two women. He was a friend to Augustus John, john to Denham Fouts, bogey-man to the Establishment. He mixed with royalty and rabble, and there was a Jekyll-and-Hyde polarity within his own personality.

Strange Flowers guide to London: part 2

Fitzrovia was a stone’s throw from Bloomsbury but a world away in temperament. According to the Times Literary Supplement, Fitzrovia was “a world of outsiders, down-and-outs, drunks, sensualists, homosexuals and eccentrics”. In short, the spiritual home of Strange Flowers.

Strange Flowers guide to London: part 2

Fitzrovia was a stone’s throw from Bloomsbury but a world away in temperament. According to the Times Literary Supplement, Fitzrovia was “a world of outsiders, down-and-outs, drunks, sensualists, homosexuals and eccentrics”. In short, the spiritual home of Strange Flowers.

At home with Ronald Firbank

“…when Sacheverell spoke appreciatively of his latest novel, Caprice, he turned his head away, and remarked, in a choking voice, ‘I can’t bear calceolarias! Can you?’”

At home with Ronald Firbank

“…when Sacheverell spoke appreciatively of his latest novel, Caprice, he turned his head away, and remarked, in a choking voice, ‘I can’t bear calceolarias! Can you?’”

A Casati family tree

Casati claimed to be her own work of art, but it was a work with its own set of influences. Her crepuscular glamour, for instance, owed much to Elisabeth of Austria and her cousin Ludwig II and she vied with Montesquiou as the Countess de Castiglione’s posthumous BFF.

A Casati family tree

Casati claimed to be her own work of art, but it was a work with its own set of influences. Her crepuscular glamour, for instance, owed much to Elisabeth of Austria and her cousin Ludwig II and she vied with Montesquiou as the Countess de Castiglione’s posthumous BFF.

Concerning the Eccentricities of Ronald Firbank

Firbank, it seems, was born blushing; his associates never fail to mention his social awkwardness, particularly the incessant fluttering of hands and the hysterical laughter which would periodically erupt, leaving him incapable of completing an anecdote.

Concerning the Eccentricities of Ronald Firbank

Firbank, it seems, was born blushing; his associates never fail to mention his social awkwardness, particularly the incessant fluttering of hands and the hysterical laughter which would periodically erupt, leaving him incapable of completing an anecdote.

Ronald works the room

Nancy Cunard recalls a meal in London in 1922, memorably interrupted by fey English novelist Ronald Firbank…

Ronald works the room

Nancy Cunard recalls a meal in London in 1922, memorably interrupted by fey English novelist Ronald Firbank…