Arthur Annesley Ronald Firbank was born in 1886, the son of Sir Thomas Firbank, MP, and Lady Firbank. He had an older brother, a younger brother, and a sister. At the age of ten Firbank went briefly to Uppingham School, and then on to Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He converted to Roman Catholicism in 1907. In 1909 he left Cambridge without taking a degree. Living off his inheritance, he traveled around Spain, Italy, the Middle East, and North Africa. Openly gay and chronically shy, he was an enthusiastic consumer of alcohol and cannabis. He died of lung disease in Rome, aged 40, having composed some dozen novels. For this episode of "Read Me to Sleep, Ricky," your host Rick Whitaker reads Firbank's 1923 novel "The Flower Beneath the Foot."Support the show
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