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I learned msx that he was the son of an unsuccessful and deceased bookseller in Preston, but had inherited an annuity of three hundred pounds from a married aunt, and had no surviving relatives of any kind. A Conte,” about a midinette who, so far as I could gather, murdered, or was about to murder, a mannequin.

Enoch Soames

This little place–Restaurant du Vingtieme Siecle, to give it its full title–had been discovered in ’96 by the poets and prosaists, but had now been more or less abandoned in favor of some later find.

There was moonlight and lamplight, but there was not Soames nor that other. But everybody else was. Now, in the light of what befell, none of his other poems depresses me so much as “Nocturne. How was I to know that Soames wasn’t soamed

Holbrook Jackson to the world, I looked eagerly in the index for Soames, Enoch. He had looked from his book to me, and I looked back over my shoulder with a vague sense that I ought to have recognized him.

It iz a sumwot labud sattire, but not without vallu az showing hou seriusli the yung men ov th aiteen-ninetiz took themselvz. He’d never think of looking for you in Calais. Its pale-gray buckram cover and silver lettering have not worn well.


Well knowing that your Majesty is full of the garnered wisdom of sixty years of Sovereignty, I venture to ask your advice in the following delicate matter.

Afar, the great grisly background of what was in store for the poor dear art of letters; here, at the table, fixing on me a gaze that made me hot all over, the poor fellow whom–whom evidently–but no: To this day I have never made out that word. Beerbohm himself also drew a cartoon-sketch of Soames, and the two pictures are recognisably of the same “person”.

It was as I feared: John Lane had published, by this time, two little books of mine, and they had had a pleasant little success of esteem. But I liked the third, it was so bracingly unorthodox, even according to the tenets of Soames’s peculiar sect in the faith.

Nupton; and we had a rather heated argument, in the thick of which it suddenly seemed to me that Soames saw he was in the wrong: And for years I did not set foot even in Soho Square, because on that same night it was there that I paced and loitered, long and long, with some such dull sense of hope as a man has in not straying far from the place where he has lost something.

Only the two nearest to the door, as I went in, were occupied.

Enoch Soames – Wikipedia

I liked Rothenstein not less than I feared him; and there arose between us a friendship that soamess grown ever warmer, and been more and more valued by me, with every passing year. You saw him touch me, didn’t you?


No,” he droned, “but the museum will still be just where it is. The dim man was now again approaching our table, and this time he made up his mind to pause in front of it.

Soames and I want to have a little talk with you. He sat plunged in thought. Up cropped a rival hypothesis: Soames’s dignity was an illusion of mine. I said mildly that I wasn’t, either, and murmured that an artist who gave truly new and great things to the siames had always to wait long for recognition.

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

And how can I write about Enoch Soames without making him ridiculous? It occurred to me that “hungry” was perhaps the mot juste for him; but–hungry for what? But–well, one is so used to nodding and smiling in the street to anybody whom one knows that the action becomes almost independent of oneself; to prevent it requires a very sharp effort and great presence of mind. These were to be published from the Bodley Head, London.

Wherever congregated the jeunes feroces of the arts, in whatever Soho restaurant they had just discovered, in whatever music-hall they were most frequently, there was Soames in the midst of them, or, rather, on the fringe of them, a dim, beerbkhm inevitable, figure.

At first, he said, he wasn’t disappointed; he only thought there was some new arrangement.

Nupton’s book was considered the best.