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The Happy Hypocrite

Sir Max Beerbohm

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Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm was an English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist. The Happy Hypocrite: A Fairy Tale for Tired Men is a short story with moral implications. Beerbohm's tale is a lighter, more humorous version of Oscar Wilde's classic tale of moral degeneration, The Picture of Dorian Gray. The Happy Hypocrite tells the story of a man who deceives a woman with a mask in order to marry her. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Of all the sins of his Lordship's life surely not one was more wanton than his neglect of Follard Chase. Some whispered (nor did he ever trouble to deny) that he had won it by foul means, by loaded dice. Indeed no card-player in St. James's cheated more persistently than he. As he was rich and had no wife and family to support, and as his luck was always capital, I can offer no excuse for his conduct. At Carlton House, in the presence of many bishops and cabinet ministers, he once dunned the Regent most arrogantly for 5000 guineas out of which he had cheated him some months before, and went so far as to declare that he would not leave the house till he got it; whereupon His Royal Highness, with that unfailing tact for which he was ever famous, invited him to stay there as a guest; which, in fact, Lord George did, for several months. After this, we can hardly be surprised when we read that he "seldom sat down to the fashionable game of Limbo with less than four, and someti. . . Read More

Community Reviews

After my introduction to Beerbohm via Zuleika Dobson, I promised to revisit this master storyteller and am pleased to say I have done so with my reading of The Happy Hypocrite.

While some second acts have been disappointing, this was certainly not one of them. After this venture, I am ready for more

Short story that's a reversal of Dorian Gray. Rather than a beautiful face hiding an evil nature, a beautiful face reforms that nature--and eventually the face. The truth of masks.

Tal y como pone en la portada, el farsante feliz, es un pequeño cuento delicioso y enternecedor.

Lo primero que he leído de su autor, Max Beerbohm me ha parecido correcto. La manera de escribir resulta elegante y fluida. Con sus descripciones concisas y unas notas al pie, la mar de curiosas e interes

The Incomparab!e Max

The most major minor author of the turn of the 19th century, Beerbohm is always a delight to read. This gentle fable about the reformation of a Victorian cad is a good example of his unique qualities as a writer.

Hard to read these sorts of historical / satirical texts with anything other than an eye for the era. This is gently amusing, a comedy of manners-type thing.

Ridiculous, but the 1915 illustrated edition is absolutely gorgeous

#ElFarsanteFeliz de #MaxBeerbohn.
Excelente relato que se lee tranquilamente en un día de playa.
Lord George Hell es un jugador, estafador, mentiroso, mujeriego que se enamora de la joven Jenny Mere. Ella lo rechaza diciéndole que sólo se casará con un hombre con cara de santo. A partir de allí, Lor

אגדה רומנטית די קיטצ'ית על לורד עשיר, טיפוס די מפוקפק שמתאהב ברקדנית שאינה מעוניינת בו בגלל אופיו הניכר בפניו.

הלורד המתוסכל מחליט לשנות דרכיו אך את פניו אינו יכול להחליף ולכן שם מסכה. הרקדנית מתאהבת בו מידית וגם כשהוא נחשף בפניה בדמותו האמיתית מסתבר שהוא עבר מטמורפוזה ופניו הפכו להיות פני המסכה כל ז

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