[SOLO]Hadrian the Seventh, by Fr. Rolfe (Baron Corvo) - tg

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Post by MARTIN GEESON » May 20th, 2010, 5:34 am

Hadrian the Seventh by Frederick Rolfe (Baron Corvo) (1860-1913)
Temporary summary from Wikipedia: Hadrian the Seventh (1904) (is) Rolfe’s most famous novel, with an original and compelling plot. Rolfe portrays himself as an Englishman with a quintessentially English name, ‘George Arthur Rose,’ who having originally been rejected for the priesthood finds himself the object of a spectacular and highly improbable change of mind on the part of the church hierarchy, who elect him to the papacy. Rose takes the name Hadrian VII and embarks upon a program of ecclesiastical and geopolitical reform. More self-indulgently, he takes the opportunity to review his past life and to reward or punish his friends and acquaintances according to what he believes to be their just deserts. Hadrian is thus essentially an exercise in wish fulfillment.
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Post by MARTIN GEESON » May 20th, 2010, 5:35 am

This is an eccentric masterwork of surpassing barminess, as well as brilliance, by the marvellously paranoid fantasist whose given surname rhymes with loaf.

The chapters vary greatly in length. I estimate the number of sections at 60.

I own a first edition copy of this work (1904) and have obtained copyright clearance from Project Gutenberg. Details will be supplied to the volunteering MC and I would appreciate some advice on how to do this and what to send.

I expect to start recording in a couple of weeks’ time. Please offer to be my DPL. In addition to PLing without text, you will enjoy a surfeit of Rolfe’s odd word-coinages and obsessive rendering of elaborate Roman Catholic paraphernalia and job-titles.

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Post by russiandoll » May 20th, 2010, 5:57 am

Sounds interesting, Martin! I'll MC for you. I've not dealt with a copyright clearance before so I'll check exactly what I need from you; I think it's as simple as sending a scan of the title page and perhaps forwarding any communication you've had from Gutenberg, just so we have it on record somewhere here that it has been verified in case of any future query.
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Post by Cori » May 20th, 2010, 11:13 am

Oh, how completely fantastic, Martin! I've been waiting for this one to be audiobooked for ages. I'm not very good with commitment at the moment, so won't DPL, but will be lined up to listen when you finish!

Have you read The Quest for Corvo, too..? I read it on a friend's recommendation after Hadrian and really wished it could also be recorded for LibriVox.
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Post by MARTIN GEESON » May 20th, 2010, 11:37 am

Thanks a million, rd - pleased to be working with you again. :)

Cori - It''s a strangely compelling book, isn't it? I've read the Symons and the other biographies. When I was young I went through a phase of adoring everything fin-de-siècle and picturesquely Edwardian. (I'm still in it, actually.) My favourite image of Rolfe is that time he was living full-time on a gondola on the Grand Canal to escape his creditors, sleeping under a leopardskin rug with his androgynous servant - when Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred came by to pay their respects... This country just doesn't breed 'em like that any more.

Hoping this'll be a very special reading.

Martin

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Post by russiandoll » May 22nd, 2010, 12:30 am

Moving to 'Going Solo'.
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Post by miss stav » May 29th, 2010, 1:24 pm

Hi Martin,
I think I found an etext of this book at:
http://gutenberg.net.au/greatest-books-a.html -
I wandered if you would like to use it.
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Post by MARTIN GEESON » May 30th, 2010, 7:41 am

Hallo Stav

I note that the book is in their list of 500 greatest books, but it has no link with it. I think maybe I'll enjoy reading from my copy - if I can keep the pages quiet.

Best, Martin

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Post by MARTIN GEESON » June 19th, 2010, 1:39 pm

Just checking in :) - one calendar month on, I'm not quite ready to start but I won't be much longer.

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Post by russiandoll » July 1st, 2010, 3:03 pm

Hi, Martin - just to let you know that I'm away from 3rd-18th July, so don't be alarmed if you get going and there's no response here :D.
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Post by MARTIN GEESON » October 8th, 2010, 5:07 am

Hi

Just thought I'd check in, in case I get caught up in the October Offensive :) .

I want to make the best possible job of this book, so I've been trying to clear my slate of other projects. Unfortunately I can never say no to a pm request, so I'm still well over-committed...

However, I definitely will be making a proper start before the end of the year, and it is going to be a wonderful set of recordings, as far as in me lies.

Regards,
Martin

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Post by russiandoll » November 3rd, 2010, 2:24 am

Hi, Martin - mind if I pop this into the 'on hold' forum (admin view only) until you're ready to start? Or do you still want to be able to tinker in the MW?
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Post by MARTIN GEESON » November 3rd, 2010, 3:35 am

Hi

Yes, that's OK. :) I'm nearly clear of my outstanding commitments, so I'm pencilling in the weekend of 20/21 November for uploading my much-delayed Section 1.

Best wishes
Martin

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Post by MARTIN GEESON » November 14th, 2010, 3:25 am

Hi

Bead Krazy Dawn, who has been DPL on my new short solo (The Soul of Man), has kindly volunteered her services to this project. :)

Martin

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Post by Bead Krazy Dawn » November 14th, 2010, 5:14 am

And here I am. Just post when ready. :thumbs:
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