MAX BEERBOHM was an English essayist, caricature artist, and parodist. He was born in London and went to Oxford University, though after finding renown through his writing he left the university without a degree. Among his best-known works are the short-story collection Seven Men and his many collections of caricatures, which led to his being branded the greatest English comic artist.
Praise for Zuleika Dobson and Max Beerbohm "Mr. Beerbohm in his way is perfect . . . He has brought personality into literature, not unconsciously and impurely, but so consciously and purely that we do not know whether there is any relation between Max the essayist and Mr. Beerbohm the man. We only know that the spirit of personality permeates every word that he writes . . . He is without doubt the prince of his profession." --Virginia Woolf "Beerbohm was a genius of the purest kind. He stands at the summit of his art." --Evelyn Waugh "Zuleika Dobson is a highly accomplished and superbly written book whose spirit is farcical. It is a great work--the most consistent achievement of fantasy in our time . . . So funny and charming, so iridescent yet so profound." --E. M. Forster "Perfectly delightful . . . All style and wit, a pretty fantasy served up in exquisite, ornamented prose." --Michiko Kakutani "I read Zuleika Dobson with pleasure. It represents the Oxford that the two World Wars have destroyed with a charm that is not likely to be reproduced anywhere in the world for the next thousand years." --Bertrand Russell "Of comic novels that have quaffed the elixir of 'classic' Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm." --Cynthia Ozick "Among the masked dandies of Edwardian comedy, Max Beerbohm is the most happily armored by a deep and almost innocent love of himself as a work of art." --V. S. Pritchett "In his best stories there is more than a whisper of magic realism--a murmur, however distant, of questions about the nature of reality." --John Mortimer "Elegantly stylized satire." --The New Yorker "Erudite and lively." --The Village Voice "Graceful, witty, and charming." --Sewanee Review "Max Beerbohm, I dare say (and I believe it has been said before), is the most subtly gifted English essayist since Charles Lamb. It is not surprising that he has (now for many years) been referred to as 'the incomparable Max, ' for what other contemporary has never once missed fire, never failed to achieve perfection in the field of his choice? Whether in caricature, short story, fable, parody, or essay, he has always been consummate in grace, tact, insouciant airy precision." --Christopher Morley "The greatest of English comic artists." --The Times (London) "A perfect fantasy." --The New York Review of Books "There is no doubt about the cool irony of the style, or the fact that it's unlike any other book that's ever been written." --The New York Times "If Zuleika Dobson is too frivolous to be certified as 'canonical, ' it is clearly a perennially revivable minor classic, uniquely redolent of a particular time and place." --L.A. Times