Originally published in 1911, Max Beerbohm's sparklingly wicked satire concerns the unlikely events that occur when a femme fatale briefly enters the supremely privileged, all-male domain of Judas College, Oxford. A conjurer by profession, Zuleika Dobson can only love a man who is impervious to her considerable charms: a circumstance that proves fatal, as any number of love-smitten suitors are driven to suicide by the damsel's rejection. Laced with memorable one-liners (Death cancels all engagements, utters the first casualty) and inspired throughout by Beerbohm's rococo imagination, this is a lyrical evocation of Edwardian undergraduate life at Oxford
I read Zuleika Dobson with pleasure, recalled Bertrand Russell. It represents the Oxford that the two World Wars have destroyed with a charm that is not likely to be reproduced anywhere in the world
Zuleika Dobson is a highly accomplished and superbly written book whose spirit is farcical, said E. M. Forster. It is a great work--the most consistent achievement of fantasy in our time . . . so funny and charming, so iridescent yet so profound.