Vainglory: with Inclinations and Caprice

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Penguin UK, May 31, 2012 - Fiction - 464 pages
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The fairly young and entirely alive Mrs Shamefoot wants nothing more than to have a memorial stained-glass window erected in her honour 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 - a riot of parties, and a bottomless sense of the ridiculous. Admired by Auden, Forster and Waugh, 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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Contents

VAINGLORY
Introduction
Chronology
Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
VAINGLORY
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Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
He just wanted a decent book to read
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