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Zuleika Dobson - Max Beerbohm

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ZULEIKA DOBSON

BY
MAX BEERBOHM

INTRODUCTION BY
FRANCIS HACKETT

ILLI
ALMAE MATRI


INTRODUCTION

THE promise of a full-length novel by the au-
thor of "The Happy Hypocrite" had an intense
effect on Beerbohm "addicts" in 1911. Those
who did not share in the excitement at the time
may be bored now by being told how keen it was,
yet it was indisputably keen, all the more so for
being narrow and literary. A first play by H. G.
Wells, a book of lyrics by Bernard Shaw, a
comedy by Theodore Roosevelt, a volume of lull-
abies by Herbert Asquith -- the announcement of
such unexpected works might whet the simple and
greedy curiosity of the large public, but the large
public would never have a titillation that would
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