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Biography for Max Beerbohm



Writer. Beerbolm was of Baltic descent and son of a prosperous corn merchant. Educated at Charterhouse and Merton College, Oxford, he enjoyed success as an essayist and caricaturist.

Beerbohm made the acquaintance of fin-de-siecle aesthetes such as Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) and Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), and contributed to the first volume of The Yellow Book in 1894. Beerbohm's books of cartoons include The Poet's Corner (1904) and Rossetti and his Circle (1922). His original watercolours were exhibited from 1901 at the Carfax Gallery and from 1911 at the Leicester Galleries in Leicester Square.

He married the American actress Florence Kahn in 1910. With an affectionate reputation as a dandy and humourist, he became a regular radio broadcaster and was knighted in 1939.