This is Queen Victoria's eminent biographer caught in the act of composition by his great friend. Sir Max Beerbohm, caricaturist, author, wit and dandy. Last week Sir Max's brisk, elegiac tribute (Lytton Strachey; Knopf; $1) to his late great friend was published in the U.S. It was also the tribute of a dying age to one of the most distinguished of its dead. Wrote Sir Max: "We are told . . . that the present century is to be the Century of the Common Man. We are all of us to go down on our knees . . . and worship...

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