By Samuel Rogal
William Somerset Maugham used to be probably the most well known and profitable British writers of his time. From October 1897, whilst he accomplished his clinical schooling at St. Thomas's medical institution in London, until eventually his loss of life 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 mirror the tensions of the Boer battle, international warfare I, and international 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 recognition introduced him prosperity. At a 1962 public sale, 35 of his work offered for almost $1.5 million; bequests in his will totaled $280,000; his royalties over the past ten years of his lifestyles averaged $50,000 according to 12 months; and his Riviera property, bought in 1927 for $48,000, bought for $730,000 in 1967.
This reference ebook is a advisor to Maugham's interesting lifestyles and profession. the quantity starts off with a quick dialogue of the significance of Maugham's lifestyles and paintings, through 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 kin; the people whom he knew and with whom he linked; the locations the place he lived and to which he journeyed, fairly the towns and villages that he inserted into his works; and the old, cultural, social, and political matters that ruled his lifestyles and profession. every one access closes with a quick bibliography, and the quantity incorporates a chosen bibliography of severe studies.
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