The Skeptical Romancer: Selected Travel Writing

The Skeptical Romancer: Selected Travel Writing

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The Skeptical Romancer: Selected Travel Writing by W. Somerset Maugham

W. Somerset Maugham was one of the seminal writers of the twentieth century, and his travel writing has long been considered among his finest work. Now, acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer maps out a masterful tour of these vivid, evocative pieces that are collected here for the first time.

Maugham worked as a secret agent in Russia, published novels in London, staged plays in New York, and traveled throughout Europe, Asia, India, and the United States, chronicling his travels, wherever he went, with exceptional insight. Beginning with “In the Land of the Blessed Virgin” and culminating in “A Partial View,” Iyer selects vignettes of Maugham’s razor-sharp prose that track his transformation from a boyish traveler in Spain to a worldly man of letters.

This is Maugham at his most keenly observant, direct, and powerful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307272126
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Series: Everyman's Library Series
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

W. Somerset Maugham, author of such novels as Cakes and Ale and Of Human Bondage, was born in 1874 and died in 1965. His books have sold nearly 40 million copies.

Pico Iyer is the author of many books about travel, including Video Night in Kathmandu. His most recent book is The Open Road.

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