In his day, Max Beerbohm was recognized as an incomparable observer of modern life and an essayist whose voice was always and only his own. Today, as the editor of this volume, Phillip Lopate has remarked, “it becomes all the more necessary to ponder how Beerbohm performed the delicate operation of displaying so much personality without lapsing into sticky confession.” Among the topics addressed are the vogue for Russian writers, laughter and philosophy, dandies, and George Bernard Shaw.
How does a couple slowly drift apart until one day they find themselves in a situation that is beyond recall, from which they cannot go back? This question is at the heart of this timeless story of a marriage by one of Germany’s greatest novelists. “The most interesting German writer between Goethe and Mann” —Peter Gay