Max Beerbohm

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Max Beerbohm by William Rothenstein, 1893
Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm (August 24, 1872 - May 20, 1956) was an English parodist and caricaturist.

He was born in London, England, the younger half-brother of actor and producer Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. He was educated at Charterhouse School and Merton College, Oxford; it was at school that he began writing. Some of his work appeared in The Yellow Book (1894). He toured the United States while a young man, as a press agent for his brother's theatrical company.

His first book, The Works of Max Beerbohm, was published in 1896. In 1898 he followed George Bernard Shaw as drama critic for the Saturday Review, on whose staff he remained until 1910. From 1935 onwards, he was an occasional if popular radio broadcaster.

His best known works are A Christmas Garland (1912), a parody of literary styles, and Seven Men (1919), which includes "Enoch Soames", the tale of a poet who makes a deal with the Devil to find out how posterity will remember him, is also well-known. In 1911 he wrote Zuleika Dobson, his only novel. Other works include The Happy Hypocrite (1897).

Beerbohm married actress Florence Kahn in 1910. He was knighted in 1939. He died in Rapallo, Italy aged 83.

Contents

Books of Max Beerbohm's works

Written works

  • The Works of Max Beerbohm, with a Bibliography by John Lane (1896)
  • More (1899)
  • Yet Again (1909)
  • Zuleika Dobson; or, An Oxford Love Story (1911)
  • A Christmas Garland, Woven by Max Beerbohm (1912)
  • Seven Men (1919)
  • Herbert Beerbohm Tree: Some Memories of Him and of His Art (1920, ed. by Max Beerbohm)
  • And Even Now (1920)
  • A Peep into the Past (1923)
  • Around Theatres (1924)
  • A Variety of Things (1928)
  • The Dreadful Dragon of Hay Hill (1928)
  • Lytton Strachey: The Rede Lecture (1943)
  • Mainly on the Air (1946; enlarged edition 1957)
  • The Incomparable Max: A Collection of Writings of Sir Max Beerbohm" (1962)
  • Max in Verse: Rhymes and Parodies (1963, ed. by J. G. Riewald)
  • Letters to Reggie Turner (1964, ed. by Rupert Hart-Davis)
  • More Theatres, 1898–1903 (1969, ed. by Rupert Hart-Davis)
  • Max and Will: Max Beerbohm and William Rothenstein: Their Friendship and Letters (1975, ed. by Mary M. Lago and Karl Beckson)
  • Letters of Max Beerbohm: 1892–1956 (1988, ed. by Rupert Hart-Davis)
  • Last Theatres (1970, ed. by Rupert Hart-Davis)
  • A Peep into the Past and Other Prose Pieces (1972)
  • Max Beerbohm and "The Mirror of the Past" (1982, ed. Lawrence Danson)

Collections of caricatures

  • Caricatures of Twenty-Five Gentlemen (1896)
  • The Poets' Corner (1904)
  • A Book of Caricatures (1907)
  • Cartoons: The Second Childhood of John Bull (1911)
  • Fifty Caricatures (1913)
  • A Survey (1921)
  • Rossetti and His Circle (1922)
  • Things New and Old (1923)
  • Observations (1925)
  • Heroes and Heroines of Bitter Sweet (1931) five drawings in a portfolio
  • Max's Nineties: Drawings 1892–1899 (1958, ed. Rupert Hart-Davies and Allan Wade)
  • Beerbohm's Literary Caricatures: From Homer to Huxley (1977, ed. J. G. Riewald)
  • Max Beerbohm Caricatures (1997, ed. N. John Hall)

Secondary literature

  • Behrman, S. N. Portrait of Max. (1960)
  • Cecil, David. Max: A Biography of Max Beerbohm. (1964, reprint 1985)
  • Danson, Lawrence. Max Beerbohm and the Act of Writing. (1989)
  • Felstiner, John. The Lies of Art: Max Beerbohm's Parody and Caricature. (1973)
  • Gallatin, A. H. Bibliography of the Works of Max Beerbohm. (1952)
  • Gallatin, A. H. Max Beerbohm: Bibliographical Notes. (1944)
  • Grushow, Ira. The Imaginary Reminiscences of Max Beerbohm. (1984)
  • Hall, N. John. Max Beerbohm: A Kind of a Life. (2002)
  • Hart-Davis, Rupert. A Catalogue of the Caricatures of Max Beerbohm. (1972)
  • Lynch, Bohun. Max Beerbohm in Perspective. (1922)
  • McElderderry, Bruce J. Max Beerbohm. (1971)
  • Riewald, J. G. Sir Max Beerbohm, Man and Writer: A Critical Analysis with a Brief Life and Bibliography. (1953)
  • Riewald, J. G. The Surprise of Excellence: Modern Essays of Max Beerbohm. (1974)
  • Viscusi, Robert. Max Beerbohm, or the Dandy Dante: Rereading with Mirrors. (1986)

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