A William Somerset Maugham Encyclopedia

A William Somerset Maugham Encyclopedia

by Samuel Rogal
     
 

William Somerset Maugham was one of the most popular and successful British writers of his time. From October 1897, when he completed his medical education at St. Thomas's Hospital in London, until his death in December 1965, Maugham wrote twenty novels, filled nine volumes with his short stories, wrote thirty-one plays, and published seven volumes of prose

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William Somerset Maugham was one of the most popular and successful British writers of his time. From October 1897, when he completed his medical education at St. Thomas's Hospital in London, until his death in December 1965, Maugham wrote twenty novels, filled nine volumes with his short stories, wrote thirty-one plays, and published seven volumes of prose nonfiction. His writings reflect the tensions of the Boer War, World War I, and World War II; the lavishness of the highest levels of British and American society during the first six decades of the 20th century; the glamor of Hollywood, Paris, New York, San Francisco, and London; and the romance of China, Malaya, Borneo, and India. His popularity brought him prosperity. At a 1962 auction, 35 of his paintings sold for nearly $1.5 million; bequests in his will totaled $280,000; his royalties during the last ten years of his life averaged $50,000 per year; and his Riviera estate, purchased in 1927 for $48,000, sold for $730,000 in 1967.

This reference book is a guide to Maugham's fascinating life and career. The volume begins with a brief discussion of the importance of Maugham's life and work, followed by a detailed chronology of important biographical and literary events. Through several hundred alphabetically arranged entries, the encyclopedia overviews Maugham's drama, fiction, and prose nonfiction; his family; the persons whom he knew and with whom he associated; the places where he lived and to which he journeyed, particularly the cities and villages that he inserted into his works; and the historical, cultural, social, and political issues that governed his life and career. Each entry closes with a brief bibliography, and the volume includes a selected bibliography of critical studies.

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A Maugham encyclopedia synthesizing the work and associations of the prolific and popular writer whose comments on life spanned the Victorian era and the modern tension of both world wars. The entries comment on the author's drama, fiction, and non-fiction, his family and friends, the cities and villages he used as background, and the historical, cultural, social, and political issues surrounding his themes, each identifying the subject's general significance and specific relationship to Maugham. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313299162
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/1997
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

SAMUEL J. ROGAL is Chair of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at Illinois Valley Community College.

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