Maugham: Collected Short Stories: Volume 4

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Editorial Reviews

Anthony Burgess
His achievement was large...the short story was Maugham's true metier, and some of the stories he wrote are among the best in the language. -- The Listener
Cyril Connolly
If all else perish, there will remain a storyteller's world...that is exclusively and forever Maugham, a world of verandah and prahu which we enter as well as we do that of Conan Doyle's Baker Street, and with a happy and eternal homecoming. -- The Sunday Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140185928
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 543,201
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He afterwards walked the wards of St. Thomas's Hospital with a view to practice in medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), won him over to letters. Something of his hospital experience is reflected, however, in the first of his masterpieces, Of Human Bondage (1915), and with The Moon and Sixpence (1919) his reputation as a novelist was assured.

His position as one of the most successful playwrights on the London stage was being consolidated simultaneously. His first play, A Man of Honour (1903), was followed by a procession of successes just before and after the First World War. (At one point only Bernard Shaw had more plays running at the same time in London.) His theatre career ended with Sheppey (1933).

His fame as a short-story writer began with The Trembling of a Leaf, sub-titled Little Stories of the South Sea Islands, in 1921, after which he published more than ten collections.

W. Somerset Maugham's general books are fewer in number. They include travel books, such as On a Chinese Screen (1922) and Don Fernando (1935), essays, criticism, and the self-revealing The Summing Up (1938) and A Writer's Notebook (1949).

W. Somerset Maugham became a Companion of Honour in 1954. He died in 1965.

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Table of Contents

W. Somerset Maugham: Collected Short Stories Volume 4 Preface

The Book-Bag
French Joe
German Harry
The Four Dutchmen
The Back of Beyond
P. & O.
Episode
The Kite
A Woman of Fifty
Mayhew
The Lotus Eater
Salvatore
The Wash-Tub
A Man With a Conscience
An Official Position
Winter Cruise
Mabel
Masterson
Princess September
A Marriage of Convenience
Mirage
The Letter
The Outstation
The Portrait of a Gentleman
Raw Material
Straight Flush
The End of the Flight
A Casual Affair
Red
Neil Macadam

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Somerset Maugham at his best

    Most of these stories are sad, tragic even, but written with Magham's trademark wit and ease, they make an extremely enjoyable readind....

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