A William Somerset Maugham Encyclopedia by Samuel J. Rogal

By Samuel J. Rogal

William Somerset Maugham was once essentially the most renowned and profitable 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, crammed 9 volumes together with his brief tales, wrote thirty-one performs, and released seven volumes of prose nonfiction. His writings replicate the tensions of the Boer struggle, international conflict I, and global warfare II; the lavishness of the top degrees of British and American society throughout the first six many years of the twentieth century; the glamor of Hollywood, Paris, long island, San Francisco, and London; and the romance of China, Malaya, Borneo, and India.

This reference publication is a consultant to Maugham's interesting lifestyles and occupation. the quantity starts off with a short dialogue of the significance of Maugham's existence and paintings, by way of an in depth chronology of vital biographical and literary occasions. via numerous hundred alphabetically prepared entries, the encyclopedia overviews Maugham's drama, fiction, and prose nonfiction; his kinfolk; the people whom he knew and with whom he linked; the areas the place he lived and to which he journeyed, fairly the towns and villages that he inserted into his works; and the historic, cultural, social, and political matters that ruled his lifestyles and profession. every one access closes with a short bibliography, and the quantity incorporates a chosen bibliography of severe reports.

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In the end, although Rosie leaves her husband and Ashenden for another man (and a married one, no less), she has provided the artistic inspiration for both men. ’’ Her lack of pretentiousness will eventually pull apart the thin facade of Kear’s distorted biography. Bibliography: Brander; Brophy; Brown (1970); Calder (1972/1973); Cordell; Curtis (1974); Palmer; Pollock; Viswanath. THE CAMEL’S BACK: A NEW FARCE IN THREE ACTS (1923). ) at the Vanderbilt Theatre, New York, on 13 November 1923, closing after only fifteen performances.

The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925)—silent films—City Lights (1931), and The Great Dictator (1940)—in sound—may be numbered among his most popular productions. He received knighthood in 1973. Maugham met Chaplin in *Hollywood sometime between December 1920 and mid-February 1921. They met again in New York in October 1923 and went to the theater together. Maugham immediately became impressed with the comic ability and popularity of Chaplin, as well as appreciative of the melancholy that the writer believed lurked behind his humor.

Maugham relates the story of young †Charley Mason, naive, insulated, and from an upper-middle-class family, who spends five days on Christmas holiday in Paris. There he contacts †Simon Fenimore, his oldest friend, who currently works as a Paris correspondent for a London newspaper. A socialist and then a communist at school, Simon has now become a full-fledged right-wing reactionary—harsh, cynical, and unscrupulous. In him, the reader observes the development of the political totalitarian. At the Serail, a brothel, Charley meets and becomes involved with †Lydia Berger, a White Russian woman of the world and known professionally as Princess Olga.

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