Title:Ronald Firbank : A Biography. First British Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1970, 1970
ISBN Number: 0297000241 / 9780297000242
Seller ID: 496
(FIRBANK, Ronald). BENKOVITZ, Miriam J. Ronald Firbank : A Biography. London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, (1970). First British Edition. Printed in Great Britain. Pp. (6),[vii]-xviii,(2),-298 + 12 pages of b&w photos. 8vo, green cloth, black lettering to spine.
Arthur Annesley Ronald Firbank (b. January 17, 1886, London – d. May 21. 1926, Rome).
Miriam Jeanette Benkovitz (b. November 16, 1911 - d. June 12, 1986).
"With ten slim novels, Ronald Firbank, by the time he died in 1926 at the age of forty, had created a literary legend that has persisted for half a century. Valmouth, Prancing Nigger and Concerning the Eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli are perhaps tne three most famous of his books. He wrote in a post-Wildean tradition - bizarre gossamer novels ot scintillating nonsense that transmuted the Edwardian world into a witty, weaithy, decadent and weary society. A dedicated artist, he would work up his books slowly and laboriously from notes, searching endlessly for precisely the right word and cutting continuously in an effort to achieve sparkling brevity.
For her biography, the first full life of Firbank to be published, Miriam Benkovitz has interviewed those who knew him, and combed memoirs, correspondence and other written material in order to distinguish the truth from the legend. She gives an account of both the man and the artist, of friendships that ranged from Vyvyan Holland and the Sitwells to Augustus John and Wyndham Lewis, and ot the smothering, mothering, attenuating influence of 'Darling Baba' his mother.
She shows how this invert and introvert was, in the words of Anthony Powell, 'the classic, the ultimate, example of the "third generation type", that trio of descending individuals in which the grandfather makes the money, the son consolidates the social position, the grandson practices the arts (or sometimes merely patronises them) in some "decadent" manner, thus expressing the still-existent, yet by now failing and feverish, energy that suddenly, unexpectedly, welled up in the race'." - from the jacket.
Previous owner's name inked to flyleaf, else vwery good in torn but unclipped dustjacket (short closed tear to jacket's front & larger tear to rear, prices struck through with pen). 30.00