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By Samuel Rogal

William Somerset Maugham was once some of the most renowned and profitable British writers of his time. From October 1897, whilst he accomplished his scientific schooling at St. Thomas's clinic in London, until eventually his demise in December 1965, Maugham wrote twenty novels, crammed 9 volumes together with his brief tales, wrote thirty-one performs, and released seven volumes of prose nonfiction. His writings replicate the tensions of the Boer warfare, global conflict I, and international battle II; the lavishness of the top degrees of British and American society through the first six a long time of the 20 th century; the glamor of Hollywood, Paris, ny, San Francisco, and London; and the romance of China, Malaya, Borneo, and India. His acceptance 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 lifestyles averaged $50,000 in step with yr; and his Riviera property, bought in 1927 for $48,000, offered for $730,000 in 1967.

This reference booklet is a consultant to Maugham's interesting lifestyles and occupation. the quantity starts with a short dialogue of the significance of Maugham's existence and paintings, through 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 family members; the people whom he knew and with whom he linked; the locations the place he lived and to which he journeyed, really the towns and villages that he inserted into his works; and the historic, cultural, social, and political concerns that ruled his existence and occupation. each one access closes with a short bibliography, and the quantity encompasses a chosen bibliography of serious studies.

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