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Liza of Lambeth
     

Liza of Lambeth

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by W. Somerset Maugham
 

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LIZA OF LAMBETH is Maugham's first novel, and such is its power that it remains as vital today as when first written. Liza is a warm-hearted young girl, stifled by life in a London tenement.

Liza has been bred to it and externally can cope. But the heart is the problem: it craves love and affection.

"A fine book...shows all the promise of the author's later

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LIZA OF LAMBETH is Maugham's first novel, and such is its power that it remains as vital today as when first written. Liza is a warm-hearted young girl, stifled by life in a London tenement.

Liza has been bred to it and externally can cope. But the heart is the problem: it craves love and affection.

"A fine book...shows all the promise of the author's later stories." (Editorial Reviews)

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"The modern writer who has influenced me the most." - George Orwell

"One of my favourite writers." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"A writer of great dedication." - Graham Greene

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ISBN-13:
9781420943542
Publisher:
Neeland Media LLC
Publication date:
10/04/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
968 KB

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I believe the modern writer who influenced me most is Somerset Maugham, whom I admire more intensely for his power of telling a story straightforwardly and without frills.

Meet the Author

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), better known as W. Somerset Maugham, was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930s. After losing both his parents by the age of 10, Maugham was raised by a paternal uncle who was emotionally cold. Not wanting to become a lawyer like other men in his family, Maugham eventually trained and qualified as a physician. The initial run of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), sold out so rapidly that Maugham gave up medicine to write full-time. During the First World War, he served with the Red Cross and in the ambulance corps, before being recruited in 1916 into the British Secret Intelligence Service, for which he worked in Switzerland and Russia before the October Revolution of 1917. During and after the war, he traveled in India and Southeast Asia; all of these experiences were reflected in later short stories and novels.

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story plot is nothing extraordinary, nor are the characaters unique, but what sets this short novel apart from the rest is the vivid picture that Maugham creates of the lower section of the London society. The story flows freely with a lucid style of writing, arresting the reader's attention from the first pages to the last, and touches a chord in the reader's heart somewhere deep, all along the way. Definitely a work of class, more so, it was Maugham's first novel. The old adage 'morning shows the day' aptly describes what the writer achieves in this work and the masterpieces that follow (Of Human Bondage, The Moon and the Sixpence, The Razor's Edge, etc.).