Vainglory

Paperback | July 31, 2012

byRonald FirbankIntroduction byRichard Canning

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The cult favorite absurdist comedy by a writer who inspired Wilde, Forster, and Waugh

The fairly young and entirely alive Mrs. Shamefoot wants nothing more than to have a memorial stained-glass window installed in her honor in an English cathedral. From this premise, the inimitable Ronald Firbank extends his witty, eccentric Vainglory, with a crowded cast of hilariously drawn characters—Winsome Brooks, Lady Anne Pantry, Miss Wookie, Mrs. Barrow of Dawn, and Mrs. Steeple, among others—a riot of parties, and a bottomless sense of the ridiculous. Firbank's fine comic skill, quick-fire dialogue, and descriptive flights of fancy are perfectly captured inVainglory, his first and longest novel, as well as in two novellas included here, Inclinations and Caprice.

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The cult favorite absurdist comedy by a writer who inspired Wilde, Forster, and WaughThe fairly young and entirely alive Mrs. Shamefoot wants nothing more than to have a memorial stained-glass window installed in her honor in an English cathedral. From this premise, the inimitable Ronald Firbank extends his witty, eccentric Vainglory, ...

Ronald Firbank (1886–1926) wrote Valmouth, The Princess Zabaroff, The Flower Beneath the Foot, Sorrow in Sunlight, and Concerning the Eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli, among other works.Richard Canning has edited several anthologies of gay fiction and was the recipient of the 2005 Editors Choice Award from the Lambda Literary Foundat...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.78 × 5.07 × 0.86 inPublished:July 31, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141196335

ISBN - 13:9780141196336

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