W. Somerset Maugham





W. Somerset Maugham

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born
in Paris, France
January 25, 1874

died
December 16, 1965

gender
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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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More books by W. Somerset Maugham…
“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
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“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”
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