W. Somerset Maugham

Ten Novels And Their Authors

Ten Novels And Their Authors

W. Somerset Maugham

Maugham's studies of the lives and masterpieces of ten great novelists are outstanding examples of literary criticism at its finest. Afforded here are some of the formulae of greatness in the genre, as well as the flaws and...

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The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil

W. Somerset Maugham

But when Walter discovers her deception, he exacts a strange and terrible vengeance: Kitty must accompany him to his new posting in remote mainland China, where a cholera epidemic rages...First published to a storm of protest, The...

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Short Stories

Short Stories

W. Somerset Maugham

Somerset Maugham is the acknowledged master of the short story, and his full range is represented in this collection.

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The Narrow Corner

The Narrow Corner

W. Somerset Maugham

On his way home from a remote Pacific island, Dr Saunders travels with two strangers: the treacherous Captain Nichols, and Fred, a handsome Australian with a shadowy past. Driven to shelter from a storm on the island of Banda, the...

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Points of View

Points of View

W. Somerset Maugham

Eclectic and illuminating, these essays are the last that Maugham published. Ranging from an appreciation of Goethe's novels, to an encounter with an Indian holy man, with a considered analysis of the form at which Maugham himself...

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Christmas Holiday

Christmas Holiday

W. Somerset Maugham

A coming-of-age novel that moves from genteel British society to the grim underworld of Paris before the war. Following three years at Cambridge and one working in his father's business, he is looking forward to a jaunt in Paris...

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Then And Now

Then And Now

W. Somerset Maugham

Maugham found a parallel to the turmoil of our own century in the duplicity, intrigue and sensuality of the Italian Renaissance. Then and Now enters the world of Machiavelli, and covers three important months in the career of that...

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Merry Go Round

Merry Go Round

W. Somerset Maugham

Looking out upon the backstreets, the suburbs and the high society haunts of Edwardian London, the delightfully witty and independent spinster Miss Ley surveys a tangled web of lives; Through Miss Ley's eyes we witness the brief...

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Mrs Craddock

Mrs Craddock

W. Somerset Maugham

But, intelligent and sensual, she quickly becomes bored by her oppressively conventional life, and finds her love for her husband slipping away.Originally rejected by publishers, Mrs Craddock was first published only on condition...

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Liza Of Lambeth

Liza Of Lambeth

W. Somerset Maugham

Down among the drab slums of Lambeth, eighteen-year-old Liza is the darling of Vere Street. But then Liza meets Jim Blakeston, charming and worldy, new to the area, and married. Soon the streets are wise to their passionate affair...

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On A Chinese Screen

On A Chinese Screen

W. Somerset Maugham

Maugham spent the winter months of 1919 travelling fifteen hundred miles up the Yangtze river. Maugham keenly observes, and gently ridicules, their dogged and oblivious persistence with the life they know.

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Don Fernando

Don Fernando

W. Somerset Maugham

Considered by Graham Greene to be Maugham's best work, Don Fernando is a paean to a golden age of enormous creative energy. This vibrant assessment of a great people at their greatest hour is full of happy surprises, curious facts...

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The Summing Up

The Summing Up

W. Somerset Maugham

Autobiographical without being an autobiography, confessional without disclosing his private self, The Summing Up, written when Maugham was sixty-four, is an inimitable expression of a personal credo.

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Ashenden

Ashenden

W. Somerset Maugham

When war broke out in 1914, Somerset Maugham was dispatched by the British Secret Service to Switzerland under the guise of completing a play. The stories collected in Ashenden are rooted in Maugham's own experiences as an agent,...

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The Gentleman In The Parlour

The Gentleman In The Parlour

W. Somerset Maugham, Paul Theroux

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY PAUL THEROUX Somerset Maugham's success as a writer enabled him to indulge his adventurous love of travel, and he recorded the sights and sounds of his wide-ranging journeys with an urbane, wry style all...

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The Moon And Sixpence

The Moon And Sixpence

W. Somerset Maugham

Charles Strickland, a conventional stockbroker, abandons his wife and children for Paris and Tahiti, to live his life as a painter. Whilst his betrayal of family, duty and honour gives him the freedom to achieve greatness, his...

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Cakes And Ale

Cakes And Ale

W. Somerset Maugham, Nicholas Shakespeare

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NICHOLAS SHAKESPEARE Cakes and Ale is both a wickedly satirical novel about contemporary literary poseurs and a skilfully crafted study of freedom.

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The Razor's Edge

The Razor’s Edge

W. Somerset Maugham

The progress of this spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brillant characters - his fiancee Isabel, whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions, and Elliot Templeton, her uncle, a classic...

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The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham

Selina Hastings

The definitive biography of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers

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Of Human Bondage: 100th Anniversary Edition

Of Human Bondage: 100th Anniversary Edition

W. Somerset Maugham, Benjamin DeMott, Maeve Binchy

From an orphan with a clubfoot, Philip Carey grows into an impressionable young man with a voracious appetite for adventure and knowledge. Then he falls obsessively in love, embarking on a disastrous relationship that will change...

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Up At The Villa

Up At The Villa

W. Somerset Maugham

Mary Panton walls up her desires in a beautiful villa high up in the hills above Florence, as she calmly contemplates her disastrous marriage. She turns for help to the notorious Rowley Flint, and through him comes to realise that...

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Theatre

Theatre

W. Somerset Maugham

Julia Lambert is in her prime, the greatest actress in England. Off stage, however, she is bored with her handsome husband, coquettish and undisciplined. She is at first flattered and amused by the attentions of a shy and eager...

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Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage

W. Somerset Maugham

Of Human Bondage is the first and most autobiographical of Maugham's masterpieces. It is the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love and adventure. After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in...

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Catalina

Catalina

W. Somerset Maugham

In the dark days of the Spanish Inquisition, such a claim to blessedness has serious consequences, especially when Catalina seems more inclined to obey her heart than the demands of the Church.The last of Maugham's novels,...

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The Magician

The Magician

W. Somerset Maugham

Set in Bohemian Paris at the turn of the 20th century, this sinister novel was inspired by the notorious black magician, Aleister Crowley. Presenting a vibrant picture of Parisian cafe society, it also explores the struggle of the...

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More Far Eastern Tales

More Far Eastern Tales

W. Somerset Maugham

From the love affair between a missionary and a drunkard to the mystery surrounding a death at sea, this collection gives a warm and humourous insight into life and history of life in the colonies and stands as a superbly...

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Collected Short Stories Volume 1

Collected Short Stories Volume 1

W. Somerset Maugham

It includes the famous story 'Rain', the tragedy of a narrow-minded and overzealous missionary and a prostitute, and 'The Three Fat Women of Antibes,' an extravagantly sardonic tale of abstention and greed, as well as a host of...

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Collected Short Stories Volume 4

Collected Short Stories Volume 4

W. Somerset Maugham

This final classic collection of stories reveals Somerset Maugham's unique talent for exposing and exploring the bitter realities of human relationships.

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Collected Short Stories Volume 2

Collected Short Stories Volume 2

W. Somerset Maugham

The stories in this collection move from Malaya to America and England, and include some of Maugham's most famous tales; In this second volume of his collected stories, Maugham illustrates his characteristic wry perception of...

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Collected Short Stories Volume 3

Collected Short Stories Volume 3

W. Somerset Maugham

The third volume of Somerset Maugham's Collected Short Stories, introduced by the author, contains the celebrated series about Ashenden, a secret service agent in World War I.

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