East of Suez: A Play in Seven Scenes

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It was written in 1922 and was first produced on the stage in September of that year, with Basil Rathbone playing the part of George Conway. The play-ran for 209 performances. As a spectacle it succeeded; the opening scene, with its coolies and water carriers and rickshaws and a Mongolian camel caravan, was effective. But as a play, it failed. Daisy, a half-Chinese woman with a past, is engaged to marry one Englishman but is in love with another. Maugham added to the convention of the woman with a past the ...
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It was written in 1922 and was first produced on the stage in September of that year, with Basil Rathbone playing the part of George Conway. The play-ran for 209 performances. As a spectacle it succeeded; the opening scene, with its coolies and water carriers and rickshaws and a Mongolian camel caravan, was effective. But as a play, it failed. Daisy, a half-Chinese woman with a past, is engaged to marry one Englishman but is in love with another. Maugham added to the convention of the woman with a past the convention that marriage with a half-caste is doomed. After embroidering on this theme for seven scenes he ended the play by having the English lover kill himself, and the English husband realizes that he has made a mistake to marry a Chinese.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482547443
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/14/2013
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

William Somerset Maugham was born on 25 December 1874 at the British Embassy in Paris, France, the fourth son (of seven children total, but only four that survived infancy) born to socialite and writer Edith Mary née Snell (1840-1882) and Robert Ormond Maugham (1823-1884), a lawyer for the British Embassy. William suffered from a stutter and his lack of proficiency in English and loss of his parents could not have helped matters when he was taunted and bullied by classmates.

Maugham attended King's School in Canterbury before travelling to Germany at the age of sixteen to study literature and philosophy at Heidelberg University. It was here that he had his first homosexual relationship with John Ellingham Brooks (1863-1929). Back in England, and after a short stint as accountant, he studied medicine at St Thomas's Hospital in London. Never having difficulty with his studies, he qualified as Member of the Royal College of Surgeons and licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians, London in 1897 although he never practiced. He was on to his next profession; that same year his first novel Liza of Lambeth was published. As a medical student Maugham had seen first-hand the poor and suffering of the shabby working classes in London's Lambeth slum area while apprenticing as midwife. The experience would serve him well in writing vivid physical descriptions of his fictional characters, and in realistic portrayals of the seedier aspects of life and its consequences on the human psyche. Liza Kemp, like Emile Zola's Nana, Stephen Crane's Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and George Gissings' New Grub Street, belongs to that genre of fiction examining the less-than pristine Victorian slum-life of adultery, sickness, and desperate searches for meaningful love. Although Liza achieved mild success at the time, especially because of the controversy its subject matter stirred, Maugham decided to turn full-time to writing. He was off for a year to Spain, spending most of his time in Seville, but by his own words "I amused myself hugely and wrote a bad novel."--from "A Fragment of Autobiography", The Magician (1908). The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia was published in 1905. Other works published around this time include The Hero (1901), Mrs. Craddock (1902), The Merry-Go-Round (1904), The Explorer (1907), Moon and Sixpence (1919), The Trembling of a Leaf (1921), and The Painted Veil (1925).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    Will

    Frowns. "Uh, sorry." He said, turning to Ashlia. He jumps down and walks back to camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2014

    Prime

    She listens ino their convo hidden in the tree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Ashlia

    She sighed in her hammock. These last few days at camp had really been a bummer. Finding out/the persone you might love and their sister are going ro die. Or loose vital limbs. Heart breaking moments, disappearances. Even a statue without arms as harping on her for sleeping in a tree. She resolve to fix the deppression. After all she hated sad things. First thing first. Find a cabin then talk to Oliver...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2014

    Nico

    He trudged back to camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2014

    Leo

    Led Calypso to the tree. When he saw Alexa, he gasped. "Alexa! Are you okay?!" He asked her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2014

    Calypso

    "No your not. Let me see" she said sternly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    Oliver

    Is at the Apollo cabin. Ashlia, go talk to him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    May i rp firebolt?

    I refuse to be a dog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2014

    K

    &hearts &stars &hearts &love &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2014

    Benny

    Benny is a cool demigod with insane good sword skills and is a son of Nemesis

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014

    Jackson

    Hugs the dragon he some times gets annoyed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014

    Leo

    Jumps down and follows Ashlia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2014

    Ashlia

    She had gottwn better at climbing the tree. She lie down in the hammock to sleep her mind buzzing after what she had done in the arts and crafts pavilion. Ahe took out he paper turned ice shards. Watching them sparkle in the moonlight as she drifted off to sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    Jesse

    I hate you Rachel your not a demigod walks back to camp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    Jesse (real)

    ("Wow. Jackson, So mature.")

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    Jesse

    "Oh, it's what you do to me!<p>
    Oh, it's what you do to me.<p>
    Whoaaaaohhhh oh oh ohhh ohhh waohh,<p>
    Oh oh."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    Alexa

    She sat down, trying to conceal her hurt. A tear streamed down her face, leaving a mark as she gasped in pain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Crystal

    I nodded. "Do the prophecies usually do things like that? And Rachel, is that normal?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Maria Grace

    Noded, "She took the curse of the orcal, the orcal sometimes work through her to speak Prophises."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Crystal

    Gtg bbl.

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