The Prince of Minor Writers: The Selected Essays

  • Title: The Prince of Minor Writers: The Selected Essays
  • Author: Max Beerbohm Phillip Lopate
  • ISBN: 9781590178287
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Prince of Minor Writers The Selected Essays AN NYRB CLASSICS ORIGINAL Virginia Woolf called Max Beerbohm the prince of essayists F W Dupee praised his whim of iron and cleverness amounting to genius while Beerbohm himself noted that only the
    AN NYRB CLASSICS ORIGINAL Virginia Woolf called Max Beerbohm the prince of essayists, F W Dupee praised his whim of iron and cleverness amounting to genius, while Beerbohm himself noted that only the insane take themselves quite seriously From his precocious debut as a dandy in 1890s Oxford until he put his pen aside in the aftermath of World War II, BeerbohmAN NYRB CLASSICS ORIGINAL Virginia Woolf called Max Beerbohm the prince of essayists, F W Dupee praised his whim of iron and cleverness amounting to genius, while Beerbohm himself noted that only the insane take themselves quite seriously From his precocious debut as a dandy in 1890s Oxford until he put his pen aside in the aftermath of World War II, Beerbohm was recognized as an incomparable observer of modern life and an essayist whose voice was always and only his own Here Phillip Lopate, one of the finest essayists of our day, has selected the finest of Beerbohm s essays Whether writing about the vogue for Russian writers, laughter and philosophy, dandies, or George Bernard Shaw, Beerbohm is as unpredictable as he is unfailingly witty and wise As Lopate writes, Today it becomes all the necessary to ponder how Beerbohm performed the delicate operation of displaying so much personality without lapsing into sticky confession.

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    About Max Beerbohm Phillip Lopate


    1. Sir Henry Maximilian Max Beerbohm was an English essayist, parodist and caricaturist.


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    1. "A public crowd, because of a lack of a broad impersonal humanity in me, rather insulates than absorbs me. Amidst the guffaws of a thousand strangers I become unnaturally grave."-- Max Beerbohm, from 'Laughter'(William Newzam Prior Nicholson, Portrait of Sir Max Beerbohm, 1905)Primarily associated with the Edwardian period, theatre critic, author and caricaturist Max Beerbohm managed to live well into the 1950's. After announcing himself as a member of the - then in vogue - dandy crowd of 1890's [...]

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    2. Late 19th/early 20th century humorist's essays holds up over time, and are still pretty funny more than a century after they were written.

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    3. Max! Wow, max! Wowsers. Wowsers indeed. It’s, they, it’s… I mean, like, how enjoyable. Adroit. Very adroit. And funny. Funny as hellIt’s like that DaveFostWallec prose that reads so well as thought. an extent, I guess. Max tap dances whereas DFW’s work is more balletic. Max’s observations of human character still very much tuned to the key of now. (I'm not much for compliments. I'm not much beter form ribbing and/or razzing.)(See, that's a Beerbohm quip I gave the ol paraphrase twirl [...]

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    4. Quite excellent selection of essays by I man I'd never heard of until this volume was reviewed in, naturally enough, National Review. I wonder window into England of the late-Victorian, Edwardian, and Great War eras. I in many ways feel a greater connection to Britain of that era than to my own country of the same. That is all the stronger due to Beerbohm's essays. He writes on the arts, travel, politics, daily life, even the "naming of streets" in London. You needn't read straight through, as I [...]

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    5. If you can comfortably read one hundred year old British prose, then you'll probably enjoy this collection of Beerbohm essays. The sentences are long but the phrases are compacted to gem-like hardness. There can be so many layers of irony that it is often difficult to know whether the author is serious, semi-serious or only conditionally serious. Most 21st century readers will find the social customs of that time and place strange and confusing, but if Trollope and Thackeray are your cup of tea, [...]

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    6. He's a hell of a writer. Who else can spin a longish (and fascinating) essay out of staring at a fire?Still, sometimes a little goes a long way. The prose is rich This is not a book to be gobbled down but savored over time. The last section is particularly interesting. It's his theater reviews. His thoughts on Shaw and Ibsen are spot on, even a century later, and asa writer he's so good that a review of a play stands up a century later.But even with this praise, be aware some of the essays bore [...]

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    7. Very good, some material out of date, snatches of subtle (and good) sarcasm.

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    8. Always a delight! Read slowly and savor.

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    9. An excellent collection of essays by "a minor writer" who was both an essayist and a drama critic. His essays move from cynicism (his early works) to humorously sarcastic (his mid-life works) to nostalgic (his late life works). Most are interesting although many are filled with names that are meaningless today.

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    10. If the delightful Beerbohm is considered a "minor writer", one flinches at the thought of our contemporary so-called "major writers".

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