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Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm (1872) Options
Daemon
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Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm (1872)

A charming, witty, and elegant English caricaturist and writer, Beerbohm used his pen to parody whatever was pretentious, affected, or absurd in his famous and fashionable contemporaries. His works include A Christmas Garland, a collection of parodies on such authors as Joseph Conrad and Thomas Hardy; Zuleika Dobson, an amusing satire on Oxford and his only novel; and Caricatures of Twenty-five Gentlemen, his first book of drawings. Who dubbed him "the incomparable Max"? More...
MTC
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It does seem a shame to let Max Beerbohm pass by without comment. The article aptly describes him as "charming, witty, and elegant...." All of these qualities are on display in his essays, for instance in How Shall I Word It?, about handbooks of form letters for every occasion. Here's an excerpt to give you a flavor of his humor and wit: "But faintly, if we listen hard, is borne up to us a sound of the scratching of innumerable pens—pens whose wielders are all trying, as the author of this handbook urges them, to 'be original, fresh, and interesting' by dint of more or less strict adherence to sample." You can read How Shall I Word It? along with other works by "The Incomparable Max" at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1956/1956-h/1956-h.htm
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Thanks for the link MTC. Wit seems to be a diminishing commodity in these twittering days. There shall be, at least, two who mourn its passing.

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