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A Biographical Sketch of the Life and Works of a very great essayist, Max Beerbohm, perhaps now somewhat lost and forgotten but very much worth reading and knowing”


My dear thinkers, readers, and you lovers of literature and all men and women of all thoughts, ideas, and opinions, I bid and ask you to join with me in another voyage of intellectual discovery. I welcome you in this quest and task of attaining and coming to know intellectual honesty and honest discernment. Join me in this voyage of discovery to get at and find what is valid and authentic in the world of confusion we live in and come with me in tearing apart the curtain of lies and darkness that hides from us what is truth and facts.

Today I have the privilege and honor of speaking and presenting the life and works of one of the very greatest of English essayists, Max Beerbohm, the author of many of the greatest and outstanding literary treasures of the world, books began cannot be put down and once read through engage our minds, spirits, and souls as few works of prose can and do. I am a great fan of English and American literature and when I read such poets as Keats, Byron, Shelley, Tennyson, T.S. Eliot, and Edna Millay, my mind and consciousness are raised to a different level and I acquire in reading them and knowing these authors a different level of understanding and in coming to know them am lifted up intellectually emotionally and spiritually. I have never and will never regret the time I have spent in reading them and absorbing their greatness, despite American society tell all of us on a constant basis that time spent with them has no practical value as producing no income. A life without this great literature is a life cheated and wasted of what these greatest of minds have to offer us.

Max Beerbohm was born in 1872 and died in 1956. He was an essayist, parodist, and caricaturist and became known in the 1890s as a dandy and humorist. He was the drama critic of the Saturday Review from 1898 until 1910 when he relocated to Italy. In later years he was popular for his radio broadcasts. Among his best-known work is his only novel, Zuleika Dobson, published in 1911.

He was born in London, the youngest of nine children of a Lithuanian grain merchant and he may have been of Jewish descent. From 1881 to 1885 he attended a day school and was educated at the Charterhouse School and Merton College Oxford. He left Oxford without a degree and had developed his personality as a dandy and humorist and was a rising star in English letters. In 1895 he went to the USA for several months as secretary for his half-brother Herbert’s theatrical company. There he became engaged to Grace Conover. On his return to England, he published his first book in 1896, The Works of Max Beerbohm, a collection of his essays. Thereafter he published his first work of fiction in 1896 and followed George Bernard Shaw as the drama critic for the Saturday Review and remained on the staff of that journal until 1910. In 1904 he met an American actress and in 1910 they married and moved to Italy. They remained there for the rest of their lives except for the duration of the First World War when they resided in a cottage belonging to William Rothenstein. From 1935 he was a popular radio broadcaster and his radio talks were published in 1946. Beerbohm’s best-known works include A Christmas Garland, published in 1912, Seven Men 1919, and ” Zuleika Dobson” 1911 a satie of undergraduate at Oxford his only novel but very successful. His career as a caricaturist began when he was twenty and in 1892t the Strand p,ub. thirty-six of his drawings. His work in this respect was part of a group show in 1896 and he had a one-man show in 1901He was influenced by french cartoonists. He had many collections of his caricatures pub in 1896, 1904, 1913, and 1922, Many collection of his caricatures are in museums and libraries. He married An actress Florence Kahn in 1910. There is speculation that Beerbohm had homosexual inclinations and in fact, l little is known about ‘Beerbohm’s private life.

There is also some speculation that Beerbohm was Jewish but Beerbohm responded that he was not. He was knighted in 1939 and in 1942 on the occasion of his 70th birthday MaxMillan Societywascreatead by a London drama critic in his honor. He died in Italy at age 83 after marrying his former secretary and companion Elisabeth Jungmann.

I have not read all the work by any means of Beerbohm but have always enjoyed his great novels” fl Zuleika Dobson” and ” Seven Men”  These writings are will always be wonderful to meI look forward to the day when I read all his work and view his drawings. Do join me adults and children in reading this great writer who one hopes will be become better known and not forgotten and cast aside ty the forces of modernity which often leads to the past greats being forgotten. We stand all of us on the shoulders of the past thinkers and writers in every way

I acknowledge my debt for the content of this essay to the article in Wikipedia on this author.