CHRISTMAS GARLAND

(London: William Heinemann, 1912).

FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S WONDERFUL COLLECTION OF AUTHOR PARODIES. Yale University Press, when producing a modern reprint of the title called Beerbohn's CHRISTMAS GARLAND "perhaps the best collection of parodies ever written in English..."
In these seventeen stories Beerbohm parodied the style of popular writers of his day; those being Henry James, George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, H. G. Wells, George Meredith, John Galsworthy, G. K. Chesterton, George Moore, Edmund Gosse, Maurice Hewlett, Hilaire Belloc, G. S. Street, Arnold Bennett, Frank Harris, and A. C. Benson. Beerbohm's parodies of their work are intermixed with a Christmas theme, and are quite rich with the inventiveness of Beerbohn's own comic talents.
Henry James, the first author parodied, read A CHRISTMAS GARLAND with "wonder and delight" and called the book "the most intelligent that has been produced in England for many a long day." Many years later, John Updike said, "A Christmas Garland is surely the Liber Aureus of prose parody... What makes Max, as a parodist, incomparable – more than the calm mounting from felicity to felicity and the perfectly scaled enlargement of every surface quirk of the subject style – is the way he seizes and embraces, with something like love, the total personality of the parodee. He seems to enclose in a transparent omniscience the genius of each star as, in A Christmas Garland, he methodically moves across the firmament of Edwardian letters." Item #31566

First edition. 8vo, publisher's original royal blue cloth, the upper cover gilt bordered and lettered and decorated with a garland wreath in gilt, the spine gilt ruled at the tips and gilt lettered. vi, 197 pp. internally the text is very fresh and clean, a little marking to the prelims, final blank with tidy repair, the pastedown and free-fly with evidence of separation, the binding tight, the cloth bright, some markings to the cloth and a little darkening of the blue at the spine, the gilt fresh and vivid.

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Price: $195.00