Zuleika Dobson

Max Beerbohm

Zuleika Dobson, great beauty and second-rate conjurer, leaves a trail of broken hearts behind her wherever she goes. When she arrives at Oxford to stay with her grandfather, the Warden of Judas College, the entire student population is immediately smitten - including the proud and impossibly noble Duke of Dorset. But disaster looms for the fatally lovelorn undergraduates in Beerbohm's brilliant satire on the strange and enchanting world of Oxford before the wars.


Max Beerbohm was born in London in 1873. As a young man, he gained a reputation as a dandy and wit, and started publishing essays in magazines such as the notorious Yellow Book. He dropped out of Oxford and soon published his first book. Zuleika Dobson (1911) was his only novel, but he was also famous as a critic and caricaturist. In 1910, he moved to Italy where he remained until his death in 1956.