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Description - The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham

The title of this book is Magician and is written by author W. Somerset Maugham. The book Magician is published by Penguin Books. The ISBN of this book is 9780143104896 and the format is Paperback. The publisher has not provided a book description for Magician by W. Somerset Maugham.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780143104896
ISBN-10: 0143104896
Format: Paperback
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - W. Somerset Maugham

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He afterwards walked the wards of St. Thomas's Hospital with a view to practice in medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), won him over to letters. Something of his hospital experience is reflected, however, in the first of his masterpieces, Of Human Bondage (1915), and with The Moon and Sixpence (1919) his reputation as a novelist was assured. His position as one of the most successful playwrights on the London stage was being consolidated simultaneously. His first play, A Man of Honour (1903), was followed by a procession of successes just before and after the First World War. (At one point only Bernard Shaw had more plays running at the same time in London.) His theatre career ended with Sheppey (1933). His fame as a short-story writer began with The Trembling of a Leaf, sub-titled Little Stories of the South Sea Islands, in 1921, after which he published more than ten collections. W. Somerset Maugham's general books are fewer in number. They include travel books, such as On a Chinese Screen (1922) and Don Fernando (1935), essays, criticism, and the self-revealing The Summing Up (1938) and A Writer's Notebook (1949). He became a Companion of Honour in 1954. Robert Calder is professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan.

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