Ronald Firbank

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  • Gregory Mackie (University of British Columbia)

Although the writings of Ronald Firbank (1886-1926) are classics of high camp, they also represent an important contribution to the style and technique of literary modernism, and are the expression of a unique and highly idiosyncratic creative voice. Because of his self-consciously whimsical humour and ostensible frivolity, Firbank has received less attention from scholars of modernism than contemporaries such as Woolf, Joyce, or Forster (who, although appreciative, considered Firbank a literary “glow-worm”); Evelyn Waugh and the Sitwells, however, admired him. Firbank’s ambiguous status as a cult writer appealing to a limited audience dates from the 1920s, and he has generally been considered among the “minor” writers of …

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Mackie, Gregory. "Ronald Firbank". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 September 2009
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

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