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By Samuel Rogal

William Somerset Maugham used to be some of the most renowned and profitable British writers of his time. From October 1897, while he accomplished his clinical schooling at St. Thomas's medical institution in London, until eventually his dying in December 1965, Maugham wrote twenty novels, crammed 9 volumes along with his brief tales, wrote thirty-one performs, and released seven volumes of prose nonfiction. His writings replicate the tensions of the Boer conflict, global conflict I, and international struggle II; the lavishness of the top degrees of British and American society through the first six a long time of the twentieth century; the glamor of Hollywood, Paris, long island, San Francisco, and London; and the romance of China, Malaya, Borneo, and India. His attractiveness introduced him prosperity. At a 1962 public sale, 35 of his work bought for almost $1.5 million; bequests in his will totaled $280,000; his royalties over the past ten years of his existence averaged $50,000 in keeping with yr; and his Riviera property, bought in 1927 for $48,000, bought for $730,000 in 1967.

This reference ebook is a consultant to Maugham's interesting existence and occupation. the quantity starts with a short dialogue of the significance of Maugham's lifestyles and paintings, by way of an in depth chronology of significant biographical and literary occasions. via a number of hundred alphabetically prepared entries, the encyclopedia overviews Maugham's drama, fiction, and prose nonfiction; his relatives; the people whom he knew and with whom he linked; the locations the place he lived and to which he journeyed, fairly the towns and villages that he inserted into his works; and the old, cultural, social, and political concerns that ruled his lifestyles and profession. each one access closes with a quick bibliography, and the amount features a chosen bibliography of serious studies.

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