Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm (24 August 1872 – 20 May 1956) was an English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist best known today for his 1911 novel Zuleika Dobson.
Born in London, England, at 57 Palace Gardens Terrace, Henry Maximilian Beerbohm was the youngest of nine children of a Lithuanian-born grain merchant, Julius Ewald Edward Beerbohm (1811–92). His mother was Eliza Draper Beerbohm (d. 1918), the sister of Julius's late first wife. It was a well-to-do London family, and Beerbohm grew up with the four sisters from his father's second marriage. One of these sisters was Agnes Mary Beerbohm (1865–1949), who became Mrs Ralph Neville in 1884; she was a friend of... more »
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''To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. A conceited man is satisfied with the effect he produces on himself.''Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British essayist, caricaturist. And Even Now, "Quia Imperfectum," (1920).
''One might well say that mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.''Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British essayist and caricaturist. (Essay written 1918). And Even Now, "Hosts and Guests," (1920).
''As a teacher, as a propagandist, Shaw is no good at all, even in his own generation. But as a personality, he is immortal.''Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British essayist, caricaturist. (Written 1901). Around Theatres, "A Cursory Conspectus of G.B.S," (1924). Closing words ...
''I was a modest, good-humoured boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.''Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British essayist, caricaturist. More, "Going Back to School," (1899). Referring to Oxford University.
''It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.''Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British author. "Quia Imperfectum," And Even Now (1920).