Behrman, S. N. Portrait of Max: An Intimate Memoir of Sir Max Beerbohm. New York: Random House, 1960. Behrman sentimentally recounts his personal friendship with Beerbohm during the last four years of the author’s life.
Bonaparte, Felicia. “Reading the Deadly Text of Modernism: Vico’s Philosophy of History and Max Beerbohm’s Zuleika Dobson.” Clio 27 (Spring, 1998): 335-361. Discusses the connection between Beerbohm and Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico in an effort to show that Vico’s influence on nineteenth century thought has been underestimated. Argues for a reading of Beerbohm from the perspective of Vico’s philosophy of history.
Cecil, David. Max: A Biography. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965. A more complete, objective biography than S. N. Behrman’s (above), drawing heavily on quotations from people who knew Beerbohm and from his personal papers.
Epstein, Joseph. “Portraits by Max.” The New Yorker 73 (December 8, 1997): 108-110. In this biographical sketch, the relationship between Beerbohm’s prose and his drawings is discussed; asserts that his draftsman’s line is the perfect visual equivalent of his prose and his prose the perfect verbal match of his line; notes that both his drawings and his writing exhibit painstaking attention to detail, energized by parody...
The Works of Max Beerbohm was the first book published by English caricaturist, essayist and parodistMax Beerbohm. It was published in 1896 when Beerbohm was aged 24.
A collection of Beerbohm's essays from the 1890s written while he was still a student at Oxford and which had originally been printed in The Yellow Book, The Savoy, The Pageant, The Chap Book, and other notable periodicals, the book was published in London by John Lane at The Bodley Head in 1896, and launched Beerbohm's career as an essayist.
The book contains Beerbohm's notorious essay A Defence of Cosmetics, which had appeared in the first number of The Yellow Book in April 1894, revised and renamed The Pervasion of Rouge.
"Replete with mock-scholarly footnotes and biographical information, The Works epitomizes Beerbohm's penchant for deflating pretentiousness with satiric imitation," wrote Ann Adams Cleary in the Dictionary of Literary Biography. "Anything large - ideas, ideals, literary works, London crowds - caused him dismay."
In this, his first book, the 24-year-old Beerbohm announced gravely that he would now retire from letters, having said all there was to say. Of course, he did not.
A limited edition of 780 copies, signed and numbered by the author, was issued in 1922, with 750 being offered for sale, while the remaining 30 were for presentation.
Dandies and Dandies
A Good Prince
King George the Fourth
The Pervasion of Rouge