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William Somerset Maugham

(1874-1965)

English Author
Of Human Bondage

The sixth and youngest son of a British solicitor was born in Paris, while his father was appointed by the British embassy.

Like Chekhov Somerset Maugham was both a writer and a physician.

French was his native tongue until he lost his parents and was sent to England at King's School, Canterbury. His uncle, the vicar of Whitstable, took care of him.

Later, he went to study at the notorious Heidelberg's University, in Germany, and went back to London to study medicine



Maugham's art of handling plot has been compared sometimes to the one of Guy de Maupassant


His first novel, Liza Of Lambert was published in 1897 and his first play, A Man Of Honour was performed in 1903.


But his fame started with Of Human Bondage in 1915, largely autobiograhic and considered as his best work.

In 1928 he moved to Cap Ferrat, at the Mediterannean French coast, from where he travelled all over the world.


Amongst his famous plays, The Circle (1921), a satire of social life, Our Betters (1923), The Constant Wife (1927) were performed not only in Europe, but also in the United States.


Amongst his best-known short stories: The Moon And The Sixpence (1919), Trembling Of A Leaf (1921), Cakes And Ale, and The Skeleton Cupboard(1930). Razor's Edge (1944) was turned twice into a film.


With Ashenden Or The British Agent in 1928, a spy novel, partly autobiographic, Somerset Maugham places himself in the lineage of "spy-writers" like Daniel Defoe.

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In the Thirties,the highest paid author in the world ...
But suffering from lack of recognition...
In The Summing Up (1938), his autobiography, Somerset Maugham complaints of being 'in the very first row of the second-raters', reflecting the opinion of many critics of his time. During World War I, Sommerset Maugham was a secret agent.

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