Hadrian the Seventh by Frederick Rolfe

One day George Arthur Rose, hack writer and minor priest, discovers that he has been picked to be Pope. He is hardly surprised and not in the least daunted. "The previous English pontiff was Hadrian the Fourth," he declares. "The present English pontiff is Hadrian the Seventh. It pleases Us; and so, by Our own impulse, We command."Hadrian is conceived in the image of his creator, Fr. Rolfe, whose aristocratic pretensions (he called himself Baron Corvo), religious obsession, and anarchic and self-aggrandizing sensibility have made him known as one of the great English eccentrics. Fr. Rolfe endured a lifetime of indignities and disappointments. However, in the hilarious and touching pages of this, his finest novel, he triumphs.

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The 871st greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)
  2. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Hadrian the Seventh Kindle Edition 1217884 $2.99 2014
Hadrian the Seventh (Modern Classics) Paperback 8338427 $221.32 $0.01 1982
Hadrian the Seventh (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback 1267575 $8.99 $0.49 2001
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Hadrian the Seventh: Historical Novel Kindle Edition 477396 $0.99 2020