W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) is best known as a playwright and short-story writer. He was born in Paris, orphaned at ten, and abruptly transported first to the house of a provincial English clergyman uncle and then to the harsh environment of a British boarding school. A closeted homosexual moving in bohemian circles in London and Paris, Maugham took his revenge on his past suffering and present insecurities through fiction.
Three Early Novels: Liza of Lambeth, Mrs Craddock, The Magician (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)by W. Somerset Maugham
The three novels in this collection, Liza of Lambeth (1897), Mrs Craddock (1902), and The Magician (1908), had a lasting influence on the literary world. Their settings are various--ranging from the South London slums through the Kentish countryside to the British expatriate community in early twentieth-century Paris--and yet they have common qualities. In each, the protagonist is isolated from a traditional community and unable to create new personal relationships that might enable survival in a changing society. The three novels thus dramatize a dilemma Maugham faced in his own life and one that is the central theme of much modern literature.
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Great collection of Maugham's works BUT this printing has more typos than a rough draft!! Not only are there lots of misspelled words but there are also incorrect pronouns causing the reader to make some sleuth work and make some assumptions as to which dialogue belongs to which character. I have never come across so many typos in any publication.