Books: Paranoid Pope

HADRIAN THE SEVENTH (350 pp.)—Frederick Rolfe—Knopf ($3.50).

D. H. Lawrence said of it: "If it is the book of a demon, as ... contemporaries said, it is the book of a man demon, not of a mere poseur. And if some of it is caviar, at least it came out of the belly of a live fish." This week, for the first time in 27 years, one of the major literary curiosities of modern times was reissued on the U.S. literary counter. Hadrian the Seventh might seem caviar to some, to others only a...

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