William somerset maugham

Although he was homosexual, he married once and had numerous affairs with women, many of his female characters mirroring real life lovers.

William Somerset Maugham

InCornell was a great success playing the lead in his comedy The Constant Wife. He wrote a critique of the novel, charging Maugham with plagiarism, in a review published in Vanity Fair.

Small and weak as a boy, Maugham had been proud even then of his stamina, and as an adult he kept churning out the books, proud that he could.

The marriage was unhappy, and the couple separated.

W. Somerset Maugham

Maugham was now finally free to create the regime of hard work and self-indulgent hedonism — the Villa Mauresque became a kind of discreet sexual nirvana for the literary gay man — that he really desired. Grand old man of letters[ edit ] Maugham, by then in his sixties, spent most of the Second World War in the United States, first in Los Angeles he worked on many scripts, and was one of the first authors to make significant money from film adaptations and later in the South.

It has been adapted as a play and as several films. I saw what hope looked like, William somerset maugham and relief They do what they There are many biographical details in his stories and characters; he avoids verbose sentimentality, favouring spare yet vivid, often cynical prose.

They have a bohemian air. The local physician suggested the medical profession and Maugham's uncle agreed. In order not to hurt their feelings, I have often acted a passion I did not feel. The protagonist is a disillusioned veteran of the First World War who abandons his wealthy friends and lifestyle, traveling to India seeking enlightenment.

Or the British Agenta collection of short stories about a gentlemanly, sophisticated, aloof spy. Maugham's father and three older brothers were distinguished lawyers; however, Maugham wasn't interested. Although Liza achieved mild success at the time, especially because of the controversy its subject matter stirred, Maugham decided to turn full-time to writing.

Like Chekhov, he turned to the theatre purely as a way of making money and very soon he hit paydirt. In the American journalist and radio personality Alexander Woollcott offered Maugham some language advice: He proofread Of Human Bondage at a location near Dunkirk during a lull in his ambulance duties.

He adopted Searle as his son and heir, but the adoption was annulled. Maugham insisted the book was more invention than fact. She effectively trapped him into marriage by becoming pregnant and their daughter, Liza, was born in secret out of wedlock in Syrie remained in London where he played the husband and father, but his heart was in Europe where his secretary-lover Gerald Haxton lived and with whom he travelled the world, coming home alone to an increasingly bitter and destructive family life.

W. Somerset Maugham

He wrote a critique of the novel, charging Maugham with plagiarism, in a review published in Vanity Fair. I saw how they bore pain. Is there any special meaning. Maugham attributed this to his lack of "lyrical quality", his small vocabulary, and failure to make expert use of metaphor in his work.

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This was a collection of 58 ultra-short story sketches, which he had written during his travels through China and Hong Kong, intending to expand the sketches later as a book. In Don Fernando, a non-fiction book about his years living in Spain, Maugham pondered a perhaps fanciful suggestion that the painter El Greco was homosexual: By the time he addressed her affair with Mr.

Collected Works of W. Somerset Maugham (Novels, Short Stories, Plays and Travel Sketches): A Collection of 33 works by the prolific British writer, author.

Maugham, William Somerset Born Jan.

William Somerset Maugham

25,in Paris; died Dec. 16,in St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France. British writer. The son of a lawyer for the British Embassy in France, Maugham received a medical education. His practice in a poor district in London provided the material for his first novel, Liza of Lambeth ().

Maugham served in World War I. William Somerset Maugham, CH (/ m ɔː m / MAWM; 25 January – 16 December ), better known as W. Somerset Maugham, was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer.

He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the s. W. Somerset Maugham Quotes. View the list At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.

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