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The Happy Hypocrite by Max Beerbohm


Max Beerbohm’s (1872-1956) adult fairy tale, The Happy Hypocrite, is sometimes described as a more lighthearted version of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. It is the story of a thoroughly immoral man who deceives a young woman into marriage by wearing a mask. Through his love for his wife he is then transformed into a good and humble human being.


The short story first appeared in the literary periodical The Yellow Book in 1896 and was later published 1897. In 1900 it was adapted into a stage show starring the formidable Mrs Patrick Campbell and was revived again in 1936 with Vivien Leigh. The edition in the photographs with colour illustrations by George Sheringham was published by John Lane in November, 1918.


George Bernard Shaw gave Beerbohm the lasting epithet “the Incomparable Max” and his other works include Zuleika Dobson which was ranked 59th on the Modern Library list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. He was also a popular caricaturist whose work appeared in all the fashionable periodicals of his time. Major collections of Beerbohm’s caricatures can be found in the Ashmolean Museum, the Tate collection and the Victoria and Albert Museum.


The illustrator George Sheringham is best known for his theatrical designs for D’Oyly Carte Opera Company for which he created sets for productions including H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance.


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— 2 weeks ago with 390 notes
"I never really thought of anything in terms of designing a career. I never tried to shape people’s perspectives of me, which is something that a lot of people do. There are certain actors and artists who want to be a certain kind of actor or certain kind of artist, and I’m really not like that. I have very much fallen into every situation, every creative and not creative experience, that I have delved into, based on gut. Therefore true regret can never eat at me. In terms of what people consume about you and then subsequently how they shape their opinion of you, none of it is wrong. It’s all a varied assortment of whatever flavors they’ve picked up at the newsstand or in the theater or on the Internet. But that literally is something that is not designed by me and so it’s not something that bothers me. But I don’t want to add to this already pre-existing, enormous mound of salacious bullshit that isn’t real. That’s not me defending anything. That’s true. Just being in the middle of it it’s weird to comment on it. But I feel oddly capable of stepping outside and going, “Isn’t it obvious to everyone?” I mean, it’s fun, like Valentine says, in Sils Maria. The stories are fun, but do you not realize that there are characters that have been cast in the media and people like to get their weekly fill on these stories. It’s like soap opera. I try not to let it mess with me, because my true personal life, as much as people think they know about it, they don’t know d—k s—t. Who could? By the way nobody knows. Nobody knows what the f—k is going on. You’re going to die. You’re going to lay next to the people that you know the most in life, the people that you’re going to grow old with. But you’re going to lay next to them in the middle of the night deeply curious about them and who they are, because nobody f—king knows anything."
— 3 weeks ago with 5 notes
#kristen stewart  #hero  #get it 

gotagirlcrush:

Got a Girl Crush On: Kathleen Engman in "Mother as Muse"

In stark contrast to “typical” fashion models, age and other “beauty standards” are directly confronted in these striking photos shot by photographer Charlie Engman of his real-life mother, Kathleen.

(photos: Charlie Engman, via featureshoot)

more high fashion on older women plz and thnks 

— 3 weeks ago with 48 notes
#fashion  #mom as muse 
housingworksbookstore:

beatonna:

time for haircut

Kate Beaton is a mind reader, I suffer from the same delusion/consequence.

what you’ve gotta do is AIM for witch hair

housingworksbookstore:

beatonna:

time for haircut

Kate Beaton is a mind reader, I suffer from the same delusion/consequence.

what you’ve gotta do is AIM for witch hair

— 3 weeks ago with 36471 notes
#kate beaton  #witch hair  #mermaid hair  #hair full of secrets 

tamorapierce:

greenekangaroo:

violette-reverie:

whowasntthere:

azephirin:

I am a woman. I am a practicing attorney. I am the only woman in my office over the age of 35 who doesn’t color her hair. I have some gray, but not a lot yet, and I never seriously considered coloring my hair until this job. I don’t want to: it’s expensive and a pain in the ass to keep up. About a year ago, I was in court, and a female attorney walked in with curly, bobbed, naturally gray hair, and her mere act of publicly displaying her natural hair color seemed not just unusual but defiant. Meanwhile many men in my office and in the courts have gray hair, and I doubt anyone thinks twice about it.

What a beautiful photoset of women. Women we don’t often see portrayed in the media, but these are, indeed, women — just as grey-haired men are men.

I can’t wait for grey. I hope it’s more on the white side.

Who’s going white? 

Roo is going white! 

I’m going white very slowly, but my hair is fair enough that people seldom notice.  Stealth white!  I am never going to color it—why start now?

(Source: violenceandscience)

— 1 month ago with 87199 notes
#I can't wait to have long grey hair! 

magenmagenmagen:

Captain America needs my help. There’s no better reason to get back in.”

Samira Wiley as Sam Wilson

I usually don’t get into fan recasts, BUT GODDAMN.

um agreed

(Source: justinripley)

— 1 month ago with 15574 notes
#samira  #my love 
putthison:

"When I was young there were beatniks. Hippies. Punks. Gangsters. Now you’re a hacktivist. Which I would probably be if I was 20. Shuttin’ down MasterCard. But there’s no look to that lifestyle! Besides just wearing a bad outfit with bad posture. Has WikiLeaks caused a look? No! I’m mad about that. If your kid comes out of the bedroom and says he just shut down the government, it seems to me he should at least have an outfit for that."
- John Waters on the sorry style of today’s rebels  

putthison:

"When I was young there were beatniks. Hippies. Punks. Gangsters. Now you’re a hacktivist. Which I would probably be if I was 20. Shuttin’ down MasterCard. But there’s no look to that lifestyle! Besides just wearing a bad outfit with bad posture. Has WikiLeaks caused a look? No! I’m mad about that. If your kid comes out of the bedroom and says he just shut down the government, it seems to me he should at least have an outfit for that."

- John Waters on the sorry style of today’s rebels  

(via sylvides)

— 1 month ago with 60103 notes
#john waters  #this is fabulous