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  • 3 More Novels: Vainglory, Inclinations, and Caprice

    By Ronald Firbank

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811209755
    • Publisher: NEW DIRECTIONS
    • Published: April 1986
    Tells the stories of an elderly woman's obsession with acquiring a cathedral stained-glass window, a woman whose best friend marries an Italian count, and a minister's daughter who runs away to London to start a career on the stage
  • Caprice

    By Ronald Firbank

    Our Price: $5.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811212434
    • Publisher: W.W. NORTON
    • Published: April 1993
  • Complete Plays

    By Ronald Firbank

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781564780478
    • Publisher: DALKEY ARCHIVE PRESS
    • Published: June 1994
    Complementing Dalkey Archive's edition of Firbank's Complete Short Stories (published in 1990), Complete Plays makes available for the first time in one volume this inimitable British writer's three excursions into drama: The Mauve Tower (1904), a "dream play" reminiscent in language and setting of Oscar Wilde's Salome and the writings of the French symbolists; A Disciple from the Country (1907), a one-act comedy about a debutante who flirts with religion and sainthood in order to catch a husband; and The Princess Zoubaroff (1920), a three-act comedy about marriage, religion, and homosexual separatism. The latter, which has been produced in England occasionally since the 1950s, is considered to be among Firbank's major works, and yet it, like the other two plays, has not been generally available in this country until now.The plays are filled with the wit and satire for which Firbank's novels are relished; indeed, Firbank's novels relied so heavily on dialogue that the distinction between them and his plays is minimal. Consequently, those who enjoy his novels and stories - as well as those who enjoy the comic British theater tradition of Pinero, Wilde, and Coward - should welcome this collection. Steven Moore, who edited the Complete Short Stories, has written an introduction placing the plays in the context of Firbank's life.
  • Five Novels

    By Ronald Firbank

    Our Price: $40.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111539937
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: n.d.
    (Norfolk). 8vo. 1st edition with Sitwell introduction. Brian Aherne's copy, with his signature to front free end paper. Bumping to extremities of boards, with darkening to spine and fading to margins of cloth. Minor leaning to spine. VG/--.
  • Five Novels: The Flower Beneath the Foot; Prancing Nigger; Valmouth; The Artificial Princess; Concerning the Eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli

    By Ronald Firbank

    Our Price: $21.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811207997
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: May 1981
    This volume publishes the complete texts of: The Flower Beneath The Foot; Prancing Nigger; Valmouth; The Artificial Princess; Concerning The Eccentricities Of Cardinal Pirelli. All the pathologicallyshy author's novels were composed on postcards in his countless hotel rooms. 342p. Pap.
  • Inclinations

    By Ronald Firbank

    Our Price: $60.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111550284
    • Publisher: Grant Richards
    • Published: 1916
    8vo. 1st edition. 500 copies printed. Bumping and some wear to corners and spine ends of cloth. Covers strengthened. Endpapers lightly toned. P.O. bookplate to front pastedown. Remnants of bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. VG/--.
  • Odette: A Fairy Tale for Weary People

    By Ronald Firbank

    Our Price: $40.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111890526
    • Publisher: Grant Richards Limited
    • Published: 1916
    8vo. 1st separate illustrated edition. Benkovitz A4. Wrappers unevenly toned and a bit edgeworn; contents unglued from spine. VG in wrappers.
  • The Princess Zoubaroff

    By Ronald Firbank

    Our Price: $50.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111726054
    • Publisher: Grant Richards Limited
    • Published: 1920
    8vo. 1st edition. Some bumping to cloth, primarily affecting ends of faintly toned spine. Mild wrinkling to rear cloth. Spine a bit cocked. Slightest foxing to edges. VG/--.
  • Vainglory with Inclinations and Caprice

    By Ronald Firbank

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780141196336
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: November 2011
    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, 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 in Vainglory, his first and longest novel, as well as in two novellas included here, Inclinations and Caprice.

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