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The Works of Max Beerbohm

Sir Max Beerbohm

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. . .They give, it may be, a half-hearted devotion to soldiering, or pursue pleasure merely—tales of their frivolity raising now and again the anger of a public swift to envy them their temptations. But against this admirable Prince no such charges can be made. Never (as yet, at least) has he cared to 'play at soldiers.' By no means has he shocked the Puritans. Though it is no secret that he prefers the society of ladies, not one breath of scandal has ever tinged his name. Of how many English princes could this be said, in days when Figaro, quill in hand, inclines his ear to every key-hole?

Upon the one action that were well obliterated from his record I need not long insist. It seems that the wife of an aged ex-Premier came to have an audience and pay her respects. Hardly had she spoken when the Prince, in a fit of unreasoning displeasure, struck her a violent blow with his clenched fist. Had His Royal Highness not always stood so far aloof from political con. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This will be somewhat short for the reason that I have not the analytical handle on The Works of Max Beerbohm. I very much wanted to love this book but I am not sure into what I got myself.
This collection of essays ranges from the historic to the satiric. It is your call which is which. Humor this

Dated but that is good

This was adapted for a modern audience. Do you get a bit tired of being adapted to?
The selections in this book are as written. You actually have to research and introduce yourself to the subject at times. This is pleasurable and deserving of some effort.

From his friend's bibliography at the end:

But what is so far away as yester-year? In 1894, Mr. Beerbohm, in virtue of his 'Defence of Cosmetics,' was but a pamphleteer. In 1895 he was the famous historian, for in that year appeared the two earliest of his profound historical studies, The History of

Not Pater but .....

Did I miss the irony? My mind wandered to the Goncourts. There is nothing bitchy here. He is not Wilde