A William Somerset Maugham Encyclopedia by Samuel J. Rogal

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By Samuel J. Rogal

William Somerset Maugham was once probably the most well known and profitable British writers of his time. From October 1897, whilst he accomplished his scientific schooling at St. Thomas's medical institution 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 mirror the tensions of the Boer warfare, global battle I, and international warfare 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, long island, San Francisco, and London; and the romance of China, Malaya, Borneo, and India.

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 means of an in depth chronology of vital biographical and literary occasions. via numerous 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, quite the towns and villages that he inserted into his works; and the ancient, cultural, social, and political concerns that ruled his lifestyles and occupation. every one access closes with a quick bibliography, and the quantity contains a chosen bibliography of severe experiences.

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Butler, the under secretary of state for foreign affairs (1938–1941) and also occupied a seat in Parliament as a Conservative for Southend-on-Sea (1935–1958). He was knighted in 1957. Politically, he favored Neville Chamberlain, opposed *Winston Churchill, sympathized with *Germany, and outwardly hated Jews. A vain and proud man, he nonetheless moved in the highest circles of English society and politics. Channon and *Maugham could well have met as early as 1926, when both served as volunteer special constables during the coal strike of May 1926.

Maugham then published it in the 1933 collection, *Ah King. The †Narrator, a person with a passion for books, visits Malaya and lodges at the home of the acting resident, †Mark Featherstone, to whom he lends a recent biography of Lord Byron, complete with the references to the incestuous relationship between the poet and his half sister, Augusta Leigh—the only clue to the actual thesis of the story. Featherstone, in turn, relates the story of †Olive Hardy, a woman whom he loved and who lived on a plantation with her brother, †Tim Hardy.

Set both in Kent and in the Bloomsbury district of Edwardian London, the novel introduces a group of low-level writers whose interests lay with turning a profit rather than in their art. Thus, the artistically worn-out Driffield clashes with the self-promoting Kear. All is seen through the eyes of the narrator, young †William Ashenden (supposedly Maugham), who himself struggles vainly to escape the pseudointellectualism and social narrow-mindedness of his times. In the end, a more mature Ashenden pardons the faults of those whom he had initially rejected, possibly because he realizes that, artistically, he is not so far removed from them.

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