Zuleika Dobson is a strikingly attractive young woman of the Edwardian era: a true femme fatale. Her enchanting beauty enables her to gain entrance to the privileged, all-male domain of Oxford University (because her grandfather is the Warden of Judas College. There, she falls in love for the first time in her life with the Duke of Dorset, a snobbish, emotionally detached student who—frustrated with the lack of control over his feelings when he sees her—is forced to admit that she too is his first love, impulsively proposing to her. What ensues is a deliciously twisted farce-cum-satire written in some of the most delightful prose ever put to paper.
MAX BEERBOHM (1872-1956) was an English novelist, essayist, caricaturist, and poet, art critic and philosopher. He is best known for The Happy Hypocrite, Seven Men, A Peep Into The Past, and Zuleika Dobson. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Zuleika Dobson 59th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
“A perfect fantasy.” ~ The New York Review of Books