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Five Novels of Ronald Firbank Valmouth, Artificial Princess, Flower Beneath the Foot, Prancing Nigger and Cardinal Pirelli

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ISBN-10: 0811207994

ISBN-13: 9780811207997

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ronald Firbank

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Firbank, Five Novels. Part high-camp comedy of manners and part fairy tale.
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 5/17/1981
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 342
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Born in London, the son of a wealthy businessman, Ronald Firbank was educated at Uppingham and Cambridge University. In 1909 he converted to Roman Catholicism and left the university without taking a degree. Instead, he embarked on extensive travels in Spain, Italy, the Middle East, and North Africa. By nature he was a rather solitary individual, perhaps because of his rather delicate health and his homosexuality. Firbank's first novel, Vainglory (1915), was originally published privately, as were other early works. He wrote his novels on blue postcards. Though slight, these works were innovative and prefigured the works of such writers as Ivy Compton-Burnett and Evelyn Waugh. Elements in…