W. Somerset Maugham





W. Somerset Maugham


Born
in Paris, France
January 25, 1874

Died
December 16, 1965

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William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style.

His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in 'Of Human Bondage' , Maugham became a qualified physician. But writing was his true vocation. For ten years before his first success, he almost literally starved while pouring out novels and plays.

During World War I, Maugham worked for the British Secret Service . He travelled all over the world, and made many visits to America. After World War II, Maugham made his home in south of France and continued to move between England and Nice till his death in 1965.

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“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
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Polls

2015 Fourth Quarter Long Read

1978, The Stand by Stephen King, 1153 pages
 
  29 votes, 18.0%

 
  25 votes, 15.5%

1853, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, 1017 pages
 
  16 votes, 9.9%

 
  16 votes, 9.9%

1868, The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 667 pages
 
  13 votes, 8.1%

 
  13 votes, 8.1%

1924, The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, 706 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.5%

 
  9 votes, 5.6%

1982, North and South by John Jakes, 812 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.0%

 
  6 votes, 3.7%

 
  5 votes, 3.1%

1973, Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, 776 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.5%

1920, Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset, 1168 pages
 
  3 votes, 1.9%

 
  1 vote, 0.6%

1876, Daniel Deronda by George Eliot, 796 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.6%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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