By Samuel J. Rogal
William Somerset Maugham was once some of the most well known and profitable British writers of his time. From October 1897, whilst he accomplished his scientific schooling at St. Thomas's medical institution in London, until eventually his loss of life in December 1965, Maugham wrote twenty novels, crammed 9 volumes together with his brief tales, wrote thirty-one performs, and released seven volumes of prose nonfiction. His writings mirror the tensions of the Boer warfare, global conflict I, and international struggle II; the lavishness of the top degrees of British and American society in the course of the first six many years of the twentieth century; the glamor of Hollywood, Paris, big apple, San Francisco, and London; and the romance of China, Malaya, Borneo, and India.
This reference ebook is a advisor to Maugham's attention-grabbing lifestyles and occupation. the quantity starts with a short dialogue of the significance of Maugham's existence and paintings, by way of a close chronology of vital biographical and literary occasions. via a number of hundred alphabetically prepared entries, the encyclopedia overviews Maugham's drama, fiction, and prose nonfiction; his kinfolk; the folks whom he knew and with whom he linked; the locations the place he lived and to which he journeyed, rather the towns and villages that he inserted into his works; and the old, cultural, social, and political concerns that ruled his lifestyles and occupation. every one access closes with a short bibliography, and the quantity incorporates a chosen bibliography of serious stories.
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For Maugham, who had a casuarina tree planted in his own lush garden at *Villa Mauresque, Cap Ferrat, it suggested the exiled European whose personality, temperament, and stamina proved unable to adapt to life in tropical climates. Bibliography: Cordell; Connolly. CATALINA. A ROMANCE (1948). A novel, *Maugham’s last, published initially and serially in Harper’s magazine as ‘‘The Windmill,’’ then in a single volume by Doubleday (Garden City, New York) and Heinemann (London). The American edition shared the Book-of-the-Month Club selection with Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus, while the first London printing ran to 50,000 copies.
Maugham’s play focuses upon the young †Lady Violet Little, only recently married to †Sir Arthur Little, the British consular agent in Cairo and a man twice her age. Naturally, she falls in love with †Ronald Parry, her husband’s handsome young secretary and a first-rate Arabic scholar. Lady Violet attempts to control the situation by requesting Sir Arthur to post Ronald out of *Egypt, but Sir Arthur refuses on the grounds that Ronald, for the good of the British Empire, must remain where he is. In the end, Ronald uncovers a plot against Sir Arthur by Egyptian nationalists, while Lady Violet finally determines that she really loves and needs her husband.
After the 1895 trial and conviction of *Oscar Wilde for practicing *homosexuality, *Maugham’s homosexual friend *John Ellingham Brooks went into permanent exile on Capri. 1903) and then (1907) completely overrun by expatriate homosexuals and lesbians. From that time he would vacation frequently on Capri; he spent the summer of 1897 there, writing *The Making of a Saint (1898). The island serves as the setting for Maugham’s short story *‘‘The Lotus Eater’’ (1935), where the characters spend a good portion of their time washing down Bel Paese figs with light Capri wine.
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