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Enoch Soames

Sir Max Beerbohm

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Lean near to life. Lean very near—

  Life is web and therein nor warp nor
  woof is, but web only.

It is for this I am Catholick in church and in thought, yet do let swift Mood weave there what the shuttle of Mood wills.

These were the opening phrases of the preface, but those which followed were less easy to understand. Then came "Stark: A Conte," about a midinette who, so far as I could gather, murdered, or was about to murder, a mannequin. It was rather like a story by Catulle Mendes in which the translator had either skipped or cut out every alternate sentence. Next, a dialogue between Pan and St. Ursula, lacking, I rather thought, in "snap." Next, some aphorisms (entitled "Aphorismata" [spelled in Greek]). Throughout, in fact, there was a great variety of form, and the forms had evidently been wrought with much care. It was . . . Read More

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The story of Faust will never lose its relevance for the artist's self-importance, ego and desire for recognition make his soul an easy catch for devil. Only this time the story is set in London at the end of the 19th century, has a humorous touch and has an element of time travel.

'I asked him if he

A contrarian literary figure in 1890s London makes a devilish pact to see if he has a legacy a hundred years in future. The gentleman discovers no trace save for this story. Very Borges before the fact. The aporia of his passage is delivered with wit and atmosphere. Everything is haunted, Chesterton

I first came across this wonderful version of the Faust myth forty years ago and have reread it several times since, but when I looked it up on Wikipedia the other day I discovered some interesting things I hadn't known. Not only did Beerbohm really have a painter friend called Rotherstein, Rotherst

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