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William Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and educated at the King’s School, Canterbury and Heidelberg University

William Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and educated at the King’s School, Canterbury and Heidelberg University. He spent some time at St Thomas’s Hospital as a medical student but was attracted from medicine to letters by the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), in which he drew on what he had seen in the district served by his hospital. Upon the appearance of The Moon and Sixpence (1919) his reputation as a novelist was established. He was at the same time a successful playwright, his last play, Sheppey, appearing in 1933. Apart from short stones, his work included essays, criticism, autobiography and travel books.

Author Bio for Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset)

Author Bio for Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset). Maugham's masterpiece is generally agreed to be Of Human Bondage, a novel that deals with the life of the main character Philip Carey, who, like Maugham, was orphaned, and brought up by his pious uncle. Philip's clubfoot causes him endless self-consciousness and embarrassment, echoing Maugham's struggles with his stutter and, as his biographer Ted Morgan notes, his homosexuality.

William Somerset Maugham, CH (/mɔːm/ MAWM; 25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965), better known as W. Somerset Maugham, was an English playwright, novelist, and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930s. Both Maugham's parents died before he was 10, and he was raised by a paternal uncle who was emotionally cold. He did not want to become a lawyer like other men in his family, so he trained and qualified as a physician

William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style.

William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage, Maugham became a qualified physician. But writing was his true vocation. For ten years before his first success, he almost l William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874.

Sixty-Five Short Stories. Author: Somerset Maugham. The Fall of Edward Barnard3. The Ant and the Grasshopper5. The Three Fat Women of Antibes8. Gigolo and Gigolette10. The Voice of the Turtle11.

The Force of Circumstance) William Somerset Maugham's collected short stories were published in four volumes by Penguin i. This is volume two, which contains 24 stories in 400 closely-printed pages, all told with the leisurely urbanity for which Maugham is renowned, the texts unfurling like the turbid rivers which flow past the planters’ bungalows in his tales of the Far East. She was sitting on the veranda waiting for her husband to come in for luncheon.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 ? 1965) took his reading material quite seriously. by William Somerset Maugham. One of Maugham's most famous short stories, Rain unfolds in a soggy tropical paradise marred by self-righteous hypocrites trying to force their moral beliefs on a girl who basically just wants to have fun. 3. Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 2.

William Somerset Maugham. The Trembling of a Leaf, Little Stories of the South Sea Islands. William Somerset Maugham. The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia. East of Suez, a Play in Seven Scenes.

Somerset Maugham was the master of the short, concise novel and he. .William Somerset Maugham "I have never pretended to be anything but a story teller.

Somerset Maugham was the master of the short, concise novel and he could convey relationships, greed and ambition with a startling reality. The remote locations of the quietly magnificent yet decaying British Empire offered him beautiful canvasses on which to write his stories and plays. Maugham's English is clear and lucid and this makes his books easy to come to terms with. His works are often full of the basest, and yet more interesting, of the human vices but can still evoke the day to day feelings and emotions that allow us to understand and identify with his characters.

William Maugham was an English playwright, writer and novelist

William Maugham was an English playwright, writer and novelist. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and other facts related to his life. William Somerset Maugham, British playwright and novelist, was one of the most reputed and well-known writers of his era, and one of the highest-paid authors of his time. His work was popular for his simple style of writing, as well as his sharp and accurate understanding and judgment of human nature. His uniqueness inspired several other writers like Ian Fleming and George Orwell.

Selections in this Volume:

AN OFFICIAL POSITION To improve his lot, a prisoner in a French penal colony accepts an odious job...and the consequences.

RED This is a poignant love story of youth, beauty and the fleeting moments of ecstasy that pass away only too soon.

THE ALIEN CORN A young Jewish man devotes himself to the pursuit of music over the violent objections of his aristocratic family. As the family wrestles with its Jewish identity, the son flings himself headlong into the Bohemian world of performing artists.

THE VERGER When a lowly verger is fired because of his illiteracy, it turns out to be his lucky day.

MAYHEW A lawyer decides to make a clean break with his past and moves to Capri.

HOME After a lifetime of living abroad, a penniless old sailor finally comes home.

IN A STRANGE LAND While travelling in Turkey, a vacationer meets an extraordinary English woman.

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My first exposure to Somerset Maugham was more than three decades back, when we had one of his stories in out school text book. His description are so vivid , that I still remember that characters of the story, though I have never read it after that. Somehow, while he was one of my top rated authors, I could not chance to read many of his works. And so, to make up for all the lost time, I am determined to read all of the collections available on Kindle.

I would not even attempt to rate or comment on his work – that would be sacrilege. I always regard short story writing to be a tougher than writing novels. In a novel, one has the luxury to fill in the middle. The short story has very little in the middle. So, it requires a high degree of story telling to be writing short stories. And it has been the authors like Somerset Maugham, O Henry, H H Munro etc who have made this into such a great art.

The differentiating aspect of Somerset Maugham is the descriptives of the characters. I just read it and close my eyes and can very well draw a picture of the character. He brings life out of words. And he can make a story out of anything - a visit to a wrong house (The Poet). The humour is so succinct, just there but not all over the place.

I am off to downloading the remaining sets of books……
For years I have been repeating the old idea that Somerset Maugham was not quite an "A" writer, but was certainly among the best of the "B" writers. I think this idea originated with Maugham himself.

But the passage of years has made this idea look ridiculous. Quick, now: name ANY author in English who wrote better short stories? Maybe we should widen the playing field: name any author anywhere who wrote better short stories? In the second case, I come up with Chekhov (another doctor).

But, leaving all thoughts of competition and comparison behind, please read "The Luncheon" or "The Ant and the Grasshopper" for a side of Maugham rarely mentioned: he can be as funny as any man on the planet ever was. He may be skewering a victim while doing so, but that's hardly illegal. "The Fall of Edward Bernard" is another world-class story, as is "Honolulu."

You can't go wrong here. If you find yourself gnashing your teeth when the book is finished, relax. There are three more volumes.

Highest possible recommendation!!
As an avid Maugham fan, I am enjoying this book and am about half way through. I have already read Volumes 1,3,& 4 and some novels by Maugham. He was a great world traveler and when he describes the places he uses in his stories, yoy feel as if you are there along with the characters. Maugham sounds very continental most of the time, but he can surprise you with some idioms and he made me laugh at unexpected moments. One of his very best short stories and then made into a play, then a movie, is "The Letter". The movie with Bette Davis & Herbert Marshall is one of my all time favorites. Also, "The Razor's Edge" - Herbert Marshall plays the part of Somerset Maugham in this one and as I read his stories I hear Herbert Marshall's voice in my head. Terrific casting!
A truly wonderful writer of superb stories. A must for anyone appreciating this high level of literature - especially this collection for those who enjoy intrigue and spy-craft. Received my book, exactly as described, in 2 days! Thank you!
This volume (3) of W. Somerset Maugham's short stories are the adventures of a spy. Maugham groups them so that they are an on going event. As he was in reality an intelligences agent in the First World War, his candid descriptions are very enjoyable. I am an avid fan of Maugham's and have just purchased through Amazon more of his books. My book shelf is getting crowded, but there is always room for W.Somerset Maugham!
The stories are literature. Not just "stories." That is one reason for the high rating. Other reasons are that they taught me something about attitudes in those days, showed a look at the culture(s) of many countries at that period of time and included a fair share of (ironic) humor. The reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5? I wasn't able to grasp everything in the stories because the context is out of my reach (due to the time period).
Maugham was a prolific British short story writer from the 1920s and 30s. Although his work is dated and sometimes formulaic, many of his stories are small masterpieces about interpersonal relationships. They continue to entertain contemporary readers and should be sampled for Maugham's genius as a master of the medium.
I've loved Maugham's writing since I happened upon "Of Human Bondage" years ago in a resale shop. This collection of short stories is no different -- simply beautiful writing and very human stories.

On the other hand, the printing of this particular edition is horrible. The text is oversaturated so that each letter is horribly spread out and fat; very distracting to read. I'm happy with the writing, very disappointed with the quality of the printing.

Five stars for writing -- zero stars for the printing.