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"Fascinating tales, sharply revealed characters, a fine narrative craft" -- J.B. Priestley "He was a superb storyteller - one of the very best in our language - who wrote with a wordly, sardonic understanding of the human condition. Writing was his life; everything else was secondary to it" Daily Mail
William Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He spent some time at St. Thomas' Hospital with the idea of practising medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, published in 1897, won him over to literature. Of Human Bondage, the first of his masterpieces, came out in 1915, and with the publication in 1919 of The Moon and Sixpence his reputation as a novelist was established. At the same time his fame as a successful playwright and writer was being consolidated with acclaimed productions of various plays and the publication of several short story collections. His other works include travel books, essays, criticism and the autobiographical The Summing Up and A Writer's Notebook. In 1927 Somerset Maugham settled in the South of France and lived there until his death in 1965
Forty years ago, as a teenager, I was hooked on Somerset Maugham. He is the master of not only the short story but the Saga type novel too. See 'Of Human Bondage'. Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2001 by christine m lindsay
This collection of stories clearly demonstrates the remarkable talent of this writer in a format that is his forte. Read morePublished on April 28 2001 by R. J. Marsella
W. Somerset Maugham in his always fascinating short stories explores such a variety of relational scenarios with "disinterested curiosity" as to leave this reader... Read morePublished on Oct. 20 1998
For me, just "The Fall of Edward Barnard" is worth the price of the book. It's sort of an early version of "The Razor's Edge" set in in Tahiti. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 1998