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W. Somerset Maugham ebooks: read or download for free. Various1 book in pdf formatAbraham Lincoln books in djvu formatWilliam Shakespeare Books by W. Somerset Maugham. LIZA OF LAMBETH A few are in a book that has long remained out of print, a few others are scattered in. A few are in a book that has long remained out of print, a few others are scattered in various The Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham, Vol. I.

Maugham wrote many plays all of which are now available on our site and was also a master of the short story. All Rights Reserved eBooks-Library.

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Historical Fiction. Western Fiction. Somerset Maugham a. William Somerset Maugham Author Code: Ah King. The Casuarina Tree. Creatures of Circumstance. Early Short Stories.

Miscellaneous Short Stories. The Mixture As Before.

25 January 1874 - 16 December 1965

On a Chinese Screen. Their daughter was familiarly called Liza and her surname was changed to Maugham. The marriage was unhappy, and the couple separated.

Maugham thereafter lived in the French Riviera with his partner Gerald Haxton until Haxton's death in , after which he lived with Alan Searle until his own death in With that completed, he was eager to assist the war effort again.

As he was unable to return to his ambulance unit, Syrie arranged for him to be introduced to a high-ranking intelligence officer known as "R"; he was recruited by John Wallinger. Maugham lived in Switzerland as a writer.

Maugham subsequently said that if he had been able to get there six months earlier, he might have succeeded. Quiet and observant, Maugham had a good temperament for intelligence work; he believed he had inherited from his lawyer father a gift for cool judgment and the ability to be undeceived by facile appearances.

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This character is considered to have influenced Ian Fleming 's later series of James Bond novels. This was a collection of 58 ultra-short story sketches, which he had written during his travels through China and Hong Kong, intending to expand the sketches later as a book.

This was the first of his journeys through the late-Imperial world of the s and s which inspired his novels. He became known as a writer who portrayed the last days of colonialism in India, Southeast Asia, China and the Pacific, although the books on which this reputation rests represent only a fraction of his output. On this and all subsequent journeys, he was accompanied by Haxton, whom he regarded as indispensable to his success as a writer. Maugham was painfully shy, and Haxton the extrovert gathered human material which the author converted to fiction.

The Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham, Vol. I

Adapted for the stage from a story first published in in Hearst's International and reprinted in his collection The Casuarina Tree , Maugham's play The Letter , starring Gladys Cooper , had its premiere in London in Later, he asked that Katharine Cornell play the lead in the Broadway version.

The play was adapted as a film by the same name in with Jeanne Eagels taking Cornell's part, and again in , for which Bette Davis received an Oscar nomination. In , Cornell was a great success playing the lead in his comedy The Constant Wife. There he hosted one of the great literary and social salons of the s and 30s. He continued to be highly productive, writing plays, short stories, novels, essays and travel books. By , when the collapse of France and its occupation by the German Third Reich forced Maugham to leave the French Riviera, he was a refugee—but one of the wealthiest and most famous writers in the English-speaking world.

Grand old man of letters[ edit ] Maugham, by then in his sixties, spent most of the Second World War in the United States, first in Los Angeles he worked on many scripts, and was one of the first authors to make significant money from film adaptations and later in the South.

While in the US, he was asked by the British government to make patriotic speeches to induce the US to aid Britain, if not necessarily become an allied combatant. After his companion Gerald Haxton died in , Maugham moved back to England.

In private, Maugham espoused antisemitic conspiracy theories about Jewish refugees, noting that "the Gestapo is known to have had spies among refugees, and these have not seldom been Jews". Maugham began a relationship with Alan Searle, whom he had first met in A young man from the London slum area of Bermondsey , Searle had already been kept by older men. He proved a devoted if not a stimulating companion.

One of Maugham's friends, describing the difference between Haxton and Searle, said simply: "Gerald was vintage, Alan was vin ordinaire. He once confessed: "I have most loved people who cared little or nothing for me and when people have loved me I have been embarrassed In order not to hurt their feelings, I have often acted a passion I did not feel.

Maugham publicly disowned her and claimed she was not his biological daughter. He adopted Searle as his son and heir, but the adoption was annulled. In his volume of memoirs, Looking Back, he attacked the late Syrie Maugham and wrote that Liza had been born before they married.

The memoir cost him several friends and exposed him to much public ridicule. Liza and her husband Lord Glendevon contested the change in Maugham's will in the French courts, and it was overturned.

Thereafter the copyrights passed to the Royal Literary Fund. There is no grave for Maugham.

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One of her grandchildren is Derek Paravicini , who is a musical prodigy and autistic savant. Small and weak as a boy, Maugham had been proud even then of his stamina, and as an adult he kept churning out the books, proud that he could.

Yet, despite his triumphs, he never attracted the highest respect from the critics or his peers.

Maugham attributed this to his lack of "lyrical quality", his small vocabulary, and failure to make expert use of metaphor in his work. In the American journalist and radio personality Alexander Woollcott offered Maugham some language advice: "The female implies, and from that the male infers.

Whether his own orientation disgusted him as it did many at a time when homosexuality was widely considered a moral failing as well as illegal or whether he was trying to disguise his leanings, Maugham wrote disparagingly of the gay artist. In Don Fernando, a non-fiction book about his years living in Spain, Maugham pondered a perhaps fanciful suggestion that the painter El Greco was homosexual: It cannot be denied that the homosexual has a narrower outlook on the world than the normal man.

In certain respects the natural responses of the species are denied to him.

Some at least of the broad and typical human emotions he can never experience. However subtly he sees life he cannot see it whole I cannot now help asking myself whether what I see in El Greco's work of tortured fantasy and sinister strangeness is not due to such a sexual abnormality as this. Since he tended to see attractive women as sexual rivals, he often gave his women characters sexual needs and appetites, in a way quite unusual for authors of his time.

As Maugham's sexual appetites were then officially disapproved of, or criminal, in nearly all of the countries in which he travelled, the author was unusually tolerant of the vices of others.

Maugham replied: "It must be a fault in me that I am not gravely shocked at the sins of others unless they personally affect me. Toward the end of his career he described himself as "in the very first row of the second-raters".

Maugham had begun collecting theatrical paintings before the First World War; he continued to the point where his collection was second only to that of the Garrick Club.It was published in , and it became so popular that Maugham, who by this time had qualified to be a doctor, dropped medicine and began writing full-time.

But I am afraid that Mr Maugham is less preoccupied with serious art than with the desire to out-Herod Herod in realistic audacity. His uncle sent him to King's College London to study medicine, although he had been writing since the age of 20 and intended to become an author. Maugham early in his career During this time he met Frederick Gerald Haxton , a young San Franciscan , who became his companion and lover until Haxton's death in Such recitals cannot even be defended from the point of view of art, setting aside any question of morality—and, books being primarily supposed to be works of art, this should be the deepest condemnation that can be passed upon any work.

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