A William Somerset Maugham Encyclopedia (Music Reference by Samuel Rogal

By Samuel Rogal

William Somerset Maugham was once the most renowned and winning British writers of his time. From October 1897, whilst he accomplished his clinical schooling at St. Thomas's sanatorium in London, until eventually his dying in December 1965, Maugham wrote twenty novels, stuffed 9 volumes along with his brief tales, wrote thirty-one performs, and released seven volumes of prose nonfiction. His writings replicate the tensions of the Boer battle, international warfare I, and global conflict II; the lavishness of the top degrees of British and American society in the course of the first six a long time of the twentieth century; the glamor of Hollywood, Paris, manhattan, San Francisco, and London; and the romance of China, Malaya, Borneo, and India. His attractiveness introduced him prosperity. At a 1962 public sale, 35 of his work bought for almost $1.5 million; bequests in his will totaled $280,000; his royalties over the past ten years of his existence averaged $50,000 in line with yr; and his Riviera property, bought in 1927 for $48,000, offered for $730,000 in 1967.

This reference ebook is a consultant to Maugham's attention-grabbing lifestyles and profession. the quantity starts off with a quick dialogue of the significance of Maugham's existence and paintings, by way of a close chronology of significant biographical and literary occasions. via a number of hundred alphabetically prepared entries, the encyclopedia overviews Maugham's drama, fiction, and prose nonfiction; his family members; the folks whom he knew and with whom he linked; the locations the place he lived and to which he journeyed, quite the towns and villages that he inserted into his works; and the ancient, cultural, social, and political matters that ruled his lifestyles and occupation. each one access closes with a short bibliography, and the amount features a chosen bibliography of serious studies.

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