Mainly on the Air
by Max Beerbohm

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Collected radio talks by the celebrated English essayist and humorist Sir Max Beerbohm. Beerbohm returned to England from his home in Rapallo in Italy in about 1935 when his wife, Florence Kahn was cast in a revival of Peer Gynt on the London stage. At this time he resumed writing essays when the BBC invited him to give regular radio broadcasts. He talked about cars and carriages and music halls, among other topics. He and his wife remained in Britain during World War II during which period Beerbohm continued to broadcast, giving his last 'on air' talk in 1945. The success of these broadcasts made Beerbohm a well-known emeritus of British humour. Six of these radio talks were collected together with six other essays and published as Mainly on the Air in 1946. Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm was an English essayist, parodist and caricaturist. His best known works today include A Christmas Garland, a parody of literary styles, Seven Men, which includes "Enoch Soames," the tale of a poet who makes a deal with the Devil to find out how posterity will remember him, and Zuleika Dobson, his only novel.

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  • PID: 17389121991
  • Publisher: William Heinemann
  • Seller: Structure, Verses, Agency Book
    Condition: Near Fine in Good jacket
    Notes: Size: 8vo 8"-9" tall; Sturdy, attractive, tightly bound hardcover, clean, if lightly toned interior, minimal rubbing to extremities. Bright and shiny, printed dust jacket, not much wear to panels but with some chipping along the top edge, rubbing of lettering to spine, further chipping, protected by a plastic coat, not price-clipped. Collection of essays and radio addresses from 1922 to 1935, including about Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. Typical post-war economy paper is a bit friable. Some bracing reports of war-torn England and the resilience of especially London against German incursions. 132 pp. Member, I.O.B.A., C.B.A., and adherent to the highest ethical standards. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.