Labeled by George Bernard Shaw as “the incomparable Max,” Max Beerbohm was a major figure in describing and parodying late Victorian and Edwardian society. Artist, critic, and fiction writer, Beerbohm is best known for the sharp wit and biting satire of his caricatures, fiction, and critical essays, which expose the pretentions of the literary and social world. Beerbohm was awarded honorary degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, and Edinburgh universities, was made an honorary fellow of Merton College, and was finally knighted in 1939. Perhaps the greatest testament to his literary legacy is the enduring Maximilian Society, founded in 1942. Beerbohm influenced many artists and writers; the popularity of his work in magazines such as The Yellow Book, Strand, and Saturday Review contributed to the success of such publications and generated an audience for more of their kind. The influence of his style on The New Yorker has often been acknowledged. Only Oscar Wilde is equally responsible for giving modern readers the vivid image of the Victorian dandy. Beerbohm’s influence can be detected in the works of Thornton Wilder, W. Somerset Maugham, Evelyn Waugh, Muriel Spark, Kingsley Amis, and many others.