Faculty Book: N. J. Hall
N. J. Hall
Max Beerbohm: A Kind of Life
(Yale University Press, 2002; 304 pp.)
Celebrated as the wittiest man of his age, Max Beerbohm enjoyed a career that spanned three-generations—he became famous in the mid-1890s, when he was a London caricaturist, journalist, and critic, and remained so through the last decades of his life, when he was an occasional BBC broadcaster. Written in an idiosyncratic, opinionated, and lively style reminiscent of Beerbohm, Hall's biography notes that, though the early part of Beerbohm's career concerned contemporary art and life, his later work—after his "retirement" in 1910—hearkened back to the late Victorian/Edwardian era, even to the Pre-Raphaelites, making him an inspiring link to the past. A Kind of Life highlights Beerbohm's connection with various luminaries: J.A.M. Whistler, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, George Bernard Shaw, Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf, and many others. N. J. Hall is distinguished professor of English at Bronx Community College and The Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: OCT 1, 2002
Category: English | Faculty Books