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

February 2017 New School Classic Poll

 
  53 votes, 19.3%

Beloved by Toni Morrison, 324 pgs, 1987
 
  52 votes, 19.0%

 
  32 votes, 11.7%

I, Claudius by Robert Graves, 468 pgs, 1934
 
  25 votes, 9.1%

 
  20 votes, 7.3%

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 231 pgs, 1939
 
  16 votes, 5.8%

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates, 355 pgs, 1961
 
  16 votes, 5.8%

 
  13 votes, 4.7%

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, 216 pgs, 1940
 
  11 votes, 4.0%

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini, 236 pgs, 1922
 
  10 votes, 3.6%

 
  9 votes, 3.3%

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, 367 pgs, 1984
 
  7 votes, 2.6%

Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges, 174 pgs, 1944
 
  7 votes, 2.6%

Centennial by James A. Michener, 1056 pgs, 1974
 
  3 votes, 1.1%

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