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Ira Grushow Collection

Identifier: MS 058


This collection consists of the research, correspondence, drafts, proofs and reviews pertaining to the research and production of Ira Grushow's 1984 book The Imaginary Reminiscences of Sir Max Beerbohm. Mr. Grushow was careful to document every step of the scholarly research and publication process - from initial notes and drafts, to published reviews and royalties. Strengths of the collection include a comprehensive overview of the publication process, duplicates of original Beerbohm manuscript materials from public and private collections, and extensive bibliographical source notes for dozens of Beerbohm caricatures. Max Beerbohm (1872-1956) was a noted English essayist, caricaturist, and parodist. A charming, witty, and elegant man often called "the incomparable Max" Beerbohm was a brilliant parodist and the master of a polished prose style. His works include A Christmas Garland (1912), a collection of parodies on such authors as Joseph Conrad and Thomas Hardy; Zuleika Dobson (1911), an amusing satire on Oxford; Seven Men (1919), stories; and And Even Now (1920) and Mainly on the Air (1947), essays. Beerbohm was accomplished at drawing, and he published several volumes of excellent caricatures, including The Poet's Corner (1904) and Rossetti and His Circle (1922). He was knighted in 1939 on his return from Italy, where he had lived since 1910.


  • Creation: 1895-1992,
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1981-1984


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Grushow earned his bachelor degree magna cum laude from the College of the City of New York and his master's and Ph. D. from Yale University. He joined the Franklin and Marshall faculty in 1962 as an instructor of English and was named Alumni Professor of English Belles Lettres and Literature in 1991. He is also a past chair of the English department. Scholarly interests include 18th century English literature, the English novel, satire, biography, and the satire of Sir Max Beerbohm.


1.5 Linear feet (4 boxes)

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Collection: Organized into series: I. Beerbohm Manuscripts and Research Articles; II. Securing a Publisher, Notes, and Pencil Draft; III. Typescript, Illustrations, and Page Proofs; IV. Promotion, Reviews, and Royalties.

Ownership and Custodial History

All of the materials in this collection were donated to the Archives and Special Collections in July 2003 by F & M English Professor Ira Grushow, emeritus.

Processing Information

Processing completed August 2003.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States