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Max Beerbohm and the Act of Writing

Max Beerbohm and the Act of Writing

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By (author) Lawrence Danson

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Paperback | 276 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 210mm x 19mm | 415g
  • Publication date: 10 October 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198112270
  • ISBN 13: 9780198112273
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: frontispiece, 37 halftones as 32 pp plates

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"Max Beerbohm and the Act of Writing" is about the arts of misrepresentation. Beerbohm was a genius of the margins, occupying the paradist's place at the edges, looking in. He kept himself elusive: he is, indeed, his own best literary caricature, the incomparable and impeccable 'Max'. In this study, illustrated by many of the caricatures, Lawrence Danson rediscovers Max Beerbohm in all his phases and forms, visual and literary. He shows how this comic survivor of the "tragic" 1890s created a sharply original personality through the uncanny arts of parody and caricature. The text is accompanied by numerous cartoons and caricatures by Beerbohm, ranging from self-portraits to witty sketches of his contemporary artists and writers, who included Wilde, James, Shaw, and Wells among others.

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Table of contents

List of illustrations; Note on texts; Max the essayist and Mr Beerbohm the man; Forging a classic; The mimetic marvel; Illudings; The beastly novel; Their habits as they lived; Men of letters; The mirror of the past; Conclusion: The amber and the flies