Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Firbank, Ronald

(1886-1926) UK writer whose stories are intensely and elaborately designed as artifices of Decadence. He wrote nine novels, all short, all at a high pitch, and mostly detailing Lifestyle-Fantasy careers. The Artificial Princess (written circa 1910; 1934) presents a Twice-Told version of the story of Salome, along with an episode in which the Devil tempts a secondary character into sin. Prancing Nigger (1924 US; vt Sorrow in Sunlight 1925 UK) is of modest fantasy interest for its setting, the Caribbean Island of Tacarigua (> Imaginary Lands). Concerning the Eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli (1926) follows the eponymous cleric, reported to the Vatican for baptizing a dog, in a search for transcendence that ends (successfully) in death. [JC]

Arthur Annesley Ronald Firbank


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