Prancing Novelist

In Praise of Ronald Firbank
Brigid Brophy

One of the most penetrating and sympathetic explorations ever undertaken by one writer into the mind of another, Prancing Novelist is far more than a simple tribute or work of research. In these pages–by turns instructive, mischievous, and even gossipy–Brigid Brophy seeks nothing less than a vindication of the eternal liveliness of fiction itself against the persistent rumors that it is dying or dead. Though serious in intent, Prancing Novelist is not only a monument to Firbank, but is also a delightful showcase for Brophy’s own uproarious prose, not to mention her genius for telling good stories.

“Atheist, vegetarian, socialist; novelist and short-story writer; humanist; biographer; playwright . . . most loyal of friends; reverer of Jane Austen; lover of Italy; Mozart adorer … smoker of cigarettes in a chic holder and painter of her fingernails purple; mother, grandmother, wife; feminist; lover of men and women; Brigid Brophy was above all an intellectual, which British (although she was Irish) authors aren’t supposed to be.” —Giles Gorden, The Independent

Novelist, biographer, and critic Brigid Brophy wrote nine works of fiction, including The King of a Rainy Country and In Transit. She also wrote a number of works of nonfiction, which included books on Aubrey Beardsley and Mozart, as well as the infamous Fifty Works of English Literature We Could Do Without.

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Format: pb
Number of pages: 592
ISBN-13: 978-1-56478-897-9
Publication date: January 2016
Language: English
List price: $21.00