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His position as one of the most successful playwrights on the London stage was being consolidated simultaneously. His first play, A Man of Honour (1903), was followed by a procession of successes just before and after the First World War. (At one point only Bernard Shaw had more plays running at the same time in London.) His theatre career ended with Sheppey (1933).
His fame as a short-story writer began with The Trembling of a Leaf, sub-titled Little Stories of the South Sea Islands, in 1921, after which he published more than ten collections.
W. Somerset Maugham's general books are fewer in number. They include travel books, such as On a Chinese Screen (1922) and Don Fernando (1935), essays, criticism, and the self-revealing The Summing Up (1938) and A Writer's Notebook (1949).
W. Somerset Maugham became a Companion of Honour in 1954. He died in 1965.
“If you’re happy, what’s the good of going somewhere else?” a character in “Mirage”, one of Maugham’s great short stories asks, and that could serve as an epigram for the 120 or so... Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Garden Interior
Great writer. Hope to read more of his work. Although of another age...his grasp of
human motivations and actions are right on.
Slow in the beginning, but good reading material. I don't understand the ending of the first story re: the girl who annoyed the preacher man.Published 3 months ago by lovesshoes
“If you’re happy, what’s the good of going somewhere else?” a character in “Mirage”, one of Maugham’s great short stories asks, and that could serve as an epigram for the 120 or so... Read morePublished 7 months ago by The Garden Interior
I liked the flow of words, the language and the description of the characters, it is all a very pleasant read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David Lazar
Somerset Maugham was at his greatest not so much as a novelist or a playwright but as a superlative writer of short stories. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr. A. J. Downs