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Max Beerbohm


Max Beerbohm should not be here, as his one completed novel – Zuleika Dobson – is a slight but very witty satire of Oxford. But he is here because of this novel, a satire in a style which few other nationalities produce, because of his association with many of the literary greats of the Edwardian era, because of his criticism, particularly theatrical, for his stylish and urbane wit and, finally, because to George Bernard Shaw and many others, he was the incomparable Max.

Born Henry Maximilian Beerbohm in London in 1872, he went to Oxford but never finished his degree though, of course, he did set his only completed novel in Oxford. Most of his writing was light, concentrating on essays, criticism, short stories and parodies. He knew many of the leading writers and artists of the day through his association with the Rhymers Club, the New English Art Club and the like. His half-brother was Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, the actor-manager and this gave him an entree to theatrical circles and led him to become one of the leading dramatic critics of his day. He was also a successful artist, specialising in caricatures. In 1910, he married the American actress, Florence Kahn and they lived in Italy for the rest of his life, except for the two world wars. He died in 1956.

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1896 The Works of Max Beerbohm
1897 The Happy Hypocrite
1899 More
1909 Yet Again
1911 Zuleika Dobson
1912 A Christmas Garland
1919 Seven Men
1920 And Even Now
1923 A Peep into the Past
1924 Around Theatres
1928 A Variety of Things
1928 The Dreadful Dragon of Hay Hill
1954 Lytton Strachey
1957 Mainly on the Air
1962 The Incomparable Max: A Collection of Writings of Sir Max Beerbohm
1963 Max in Verse
1969 More Theatres
1970 Last Theatres
1970 Selected Prose
1972 A Peep into the Past and other Prose Pieces.
1982 Max Beerbohm and The Mirror of the Past (includes text of unfinished novel, The Mirror of the Past)
1994 Collected Verse