books in pictures -hadrian the seventh


Cornflower books today did a post about starting to read stoner by John Williams and the fact that the picture american gothic pop straight in to her head and wonder if other people could  think of books that have same experience .Well I had a short think and straight away the book and image that came to mind was Frederick Rolfes  Hadrian the seventh and Francis bacon screaming pope series .


Well Bacon used the pope image on numerous painting the picture itself is influence by Velazquez pope innocent X . the image is huge in real life I went to see it when it visited Sheffield a few years ago ,like Rolfe bacon dabble with a lot of religious icons in his painting and also had a very traumatic life ,also the screaming pope relates to Hadrian’s struggle in the book when he becomes the second english pope by sheer chance .

The book –

The book revolves around Hadrian a middling english priest that is elevated to this highest office in the roman catholic church that of pope ,in which he struggles with church beaurcats and sinister characters .I was introduced to this book by my good twitter friend @iamamro Amro Gebreel he is one of the most well read people I know .The book is published in  a lovely edition by New york review of books classics .Rolfe was a strange man the flirt with the priest hood and sometimes called himself baron Corvo .

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cornflower
    Jul 21, 2010 @ 12:54:48

    Brilliant! Just the sort of thing I had in mind!


  2. Eva
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 03:12:44

    I’m kind of curious about a British pope! 🙂


  3. GeraniumCat
    Aug 01, 2010 @ 13:49:46

    I’d never connected these together but it’s absolutely perfect!


  4. Richard
    Oct 01, 2010 @ 14:04:55

    I bought The Quest for Corvo a while back without having gotten around to it yet, Stu, but now I’m thinking I need to read Hadrian the Seventh first to maximize the bio-reading experience. Your post about it here–as well as that great image–has me very excited about that prospect. Cheers!


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