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Description: Filled with keen observations, autobiographical notes, and the seeds of many of Maugham's greatest works, A Writer's Notebook is a unique and exhilarating look into a great writer's mind at work. From nearly five decades, Somerset Maugham recorded an intimate journal. In it we see the budding of his incomparable vision and his remarkable career as a writer. Covering the years from his time as a yo...
Description: Looking for a play that combines romance, intrigue, and profound insight into the human condition? Fans of top-notch dramatic writing will appreciate W. Somerset Maugham's Caesar's Wife, which explores an unusual love triangle between a distinguished, older dignitary, his personal secretary, and his much-younger wife.
Description: Compiled in one book, the essential collection of books by W. Somerset Maugham The Explorer The Hero The Land of Promise The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia Liza of Lambeth The Magician Moon and Sixpence Of Human Bondage Orientations The Trembling of a Leaf
Description: 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 excelled - the short story - they present the enduring views and opinions of this eminent writer.
Description: This play by prolific British author W. Somerset Maugham delves deeper into several subjects that preoccupied Maugham throughout his literary career: the way that our external environment can shape our personalities and choices, and the usually negative consequences that arise from the intermingling of two divergent cultural traditions. In the play, an unlikely love affair blossoms and then sours against the backdrop of early twentieth century Peking.
Description: The clash between a missionary and a prostitute, "Rain" is among this master storyteller's most famous tales. Additional selections include "Macintosh," "The Fall of Edward Barnard," "The Pool," and other compelling stories of life in the tropics.
Description: Many war heroes return from battle to a world that has changed dramatically. In the case of James Parsons, the protagonist of W. Somerset Maugham's The Hero, his family and hometown have remained exactly as they were before he left to serve his country abroad -- it is his own outlook and values that have shifted. Will he be able to settle back into his old life and regain the happiness that was once his? Read The Hero to find out.
Description: 1922. Maugham, English novelist, short-story writer, and playwright is best remembered for his novel Of Human Bondage. His travels to the Far East provided him with the background and experiences that would form the basis for many of his short-stories, novels and plays, including East of Suez. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
Description: SHORT STORIES. Creatures of Circumstance begins with an explanation from the author telling how this collection came about. He states that he "has never pretended to be anything but a story teller. The short stories in this extraordinary collection-with the exception of one-were written after the close of World War I. Maugham shrewdly and brilliantly exploited the public taste of his time to put on display the changing morality of the twentieth century. An expert storyteller, he was also a master of fictional technique.
Description: 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 heresies which enfeeble it. Written by a master of fiction, Ten Novels and Their Authors is a unique and invaluable guide.