Books: Max's Shrine

MAX by David Cecil. 507 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $6.95.

Sir Max Beerbohm barely deserved, and did not desire, a place in English literature. His was an ephemeral talent, applied to composition so frail that the winds of time have blown most of his work away. The literate Beerbohm is remembered chiefly for Zuleika Dobson, his comic novel of Oxford, and his graceful caricatures of the leading figures of his day. Sir Max was also one of the most delightful human beings who ever lived: tolerant, unassuming, a witty conversationalist, unfailingly kind. To know Max...

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