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Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm
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Feb 12, 12

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"The inimitable Max": isn't that what they called him? It's been so long since I thought about Max Beerbohm I had forgotten I read this book until it popped up here as a book connected in some inscrutable way with The Wings of the Dove. Among Edwardian humorists he was divine and peerless. There's a moment in one of his works, perhaps this one, in which a succession of passing events includes this simple report: "Pippa passes." It's funny only in context, of course, and you have to know a bit of English lit to get it, but it's very funny. And he won me over so completely that when I found a volume of his theater reviews I read it cover to cover and later dipped into it often for inspiration.

I can offer no evocation of Zuleika Dobson now to surpass the official description given by Goodreads for the book. But I wish I could immediately sit down and reread it.
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