Points of View
By (author) W. Somerset Maugham
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Points of View by W. Somerset Maugham
Book DescriptionEclectic and illuminating, these essays are the last that Maugham published. Ranging from an appreciation of Goethe's novels, to an encounter with an Indian holy man, with a considered analysis of the form at which Maugham himself excelled - the short story - they present the enduring views and opinions of this eminent writer.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099288909
(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author W. Somerset Maugham
Plays, Paperback (February 2017)
In his day, W Somerset Maugham was most celebrated as a playwright. This collection of his most popular plays manifests the breadth of his ability. It includes the noirish mystery The Sacred Flame, the hilarious satires The Circle, The Constant Wife, and Our Betters, and the sharp-witted drama Sheppey.
Of Human Bondage, Hardback (September 2015)
Philip's yearning for adventure takes him to Germany and later Paris where he tries to make his mark as an artist before returning to London to study medicine. Here, a tortured and one-sided love affair with Mildred, a vulgar yet irresistible waitress, changes the course of his life for ever.
Moon and Sixpence, Paperback (April 2015)
Features Charles Strickland, a respectable London stockbroker who decides in middle age to abandon his wife and children and devote himself to his true passion: art. This complex novel echoes the author's own struggles between artistic expression and public respectability, and between his public persona and private life.
Great Novels and Short Stories of Somerset Maugham, Paperback (March 2014)» View all books by W. Somerset Maugham
Includes novels and stories such as The Moon and Sixpence, Mrs Craddock, The Magician, "Rain," "Mackintosh," "The Pool," and "The Fall of Edward Barnard."
US Kirkus Review » Five essays which reveal Maugham in a somewhat different role for here charity overtakes cynicism, and he has chosen, for the most part, unusual figures, and approached them from a personal rather than critical angle. "After all, it is the personality of the author that gives his work its special interest". In writing of Goethe, he uses his novels rather than his poetry to synthesize the man and the characters he created. In this essay, and in one other, on the short story, he expands to some extent on his own theories of writing. And in writing of the short story, his focus is on representative writers on the 19th century, read in preparation for his anthology, Maupassant, Poe, Chekhov and Katherine Mansfield. The other three essays deal with relatively less known figures; The Saint was the Maharshi, a mystic scholar met in India in 1936; Dr. Tillotson, a 17th century divine, whose career involved him in religious dissensions and political scandals, but whose sermons as Archbishop of Canterbury were internationally famous. The final essay, in many ways the most extraordinary, deals with the disagreable egotists- the Goncourt brothers- and the little group they attracted.... Mr. Maugham has announced that this is his last book. He has made a great and varied contribution in sixty years of publishing. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - W. Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He spent some time at St. Thomas' Hospital with the idea of practising medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, published in 1897, won him over to literature. Of Human Bondage, the first of his masterpieces, came out in 1915, and with the publication in 1919 of The Moon and Sixpence his reputation as a novelist was established. At the same time his fame as a successful playwright and writer was being consolidated with acclaimed productions of various plays and the publication of several short story collections. His other works include travel books, essays, criticism and the autobiographical The Summing Up and A Writer's Notebook. In 1927 Somerset Maugham settled in the South of France and lived there until his death in 1965
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