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And I may as well get the thing done now. I have closed contractions in the text; e. Only once, however, have I seen him at close quarters.

Enoch Soames: A Memory of the Eighteen-Nineties by Sir Max Beerbohm – Free Ebook

His moroseness might have alienated me if I had regarded myself as a nobody. The Project gratefully accepts contributions in money, time, scanning machines, OCR software, public domain etexts, royalty free copyright licenses, and every other sort of contribution you can think of. Nupton will not have read the later passages of this memoir.

I remember the sound of carpenters’ hammers all along Piccadilly and the bare chaotic look of the half-erected “stands. His publisher had told him that three had been sold. I am dining to-night dans le monde–dans le higlif. Intolerable was the strain of the slow-passing and empty minutes. Soames had been called away, and that both he and I would be dining here.

Rothenstein brightly focused him. I laughed, as at a jest. The young writers of that era–and I was sure this man was a writer–strove earnestly to be distinct in aspect. It was Rothenstein that took me to see, in Cambridge Street, Pimlico, a young man whose drawings were already famous among the few–Aubrey Beardsley by name. Throughout, in fact, there was a great variety of form, and the forms had evidently been wrought with much care.


The matter was urgent. And “labud”–what on earth was that? It was somehow all wrong in itself. He then relates the tragic history of an older colleague named Enoch Soames. I found a title at last. And my shame was the deeper and hotter because he, if you please, stared straight at me with the utmost haughtiness.

AND I was beeerbohm. Thank hevvn we hav no Enoch Soameses amung us to-dai! I had a suspicion, I had a certainty. Soames’s disappearance made no stir at all. The Reading Room of the British Museum was in fact still in operation in Junealthough it was closed later that year and its functions were transferred to the new British Library. We encourage you to keep this file on your own disk, keeping beervohm electronic path open for the next readers.

I have but the haziest recollection of what I did, where I wandered, in the glaring sunshine of that endless afternoon. Soames repeated those last three words in a tone of intense scorn. You’ve never guessed at the bitterness and loneliness, the”–his voice broke; but presently he resumed, speaking with a force that I had never known in him.

Also–he had written a book. Only the two nearest to the door, as I went in, were occupied. The whole thing was a nightmare.

Of him I have caught sight several times, here and there, since that beerbphm at the Vingtieme. Soames was an artist, in so far as he was anything, poor fellow! And hadn’t Henry Harland, as editor, accepted my essay?

The poet meditated on this suggestion, but said he rather thought of giving the book no title at all.


I wish he had this one brief escape, this one small treat, to look forward to. I’ve only been there once. Now, in the light of what befell, eoames of his other poems depresses me so much as “Nocturne. Doomed to pay without respite an eternal price for nothing but a fruitless search and a bitter disillusioning.

A hurdy-gurdy began to play, abruptly drowning the noise of a quarrel between some Frenchmen farther up the street. The more rigid moralists among you may say he has only himself to blame.

Enoch Soames

And it’s like my luck. But I did, at the time of its publication, say to Rothenstein that I thought poor old Soames was really a rather tragic figure, and that I believed he would literally die for want of recognition. Soames was standing near it, in his soft hat and his waterproof cape, all through the afternoon. It was the sort of thing that in old days he would have said for effect; but it carried conviction now. We had drunk black wine.

It and the noisome spelling and my excitement made me all the slower to grasp what T. There is nothing to fear to-night In the foul moon’s light! He wore a soft black hat of clerical kind, but of Bohemian intention, and a gray waterproof cape which, perhaps because it was waterproof, failed to be romantic.

I gathered that this was his first visit to the Vingtieme; but Berthe was offhand in her manner to him: I wouldn’t have lifted a little finger to save Faust.