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Vainglory

Ronald Firbank - Author

Richard Canning - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780141196336 | 384 pages | 31 Jul 2012 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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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 in Vainglory, his first and longest novel, as well as in two novellas included here, Inclinations and Caprice.