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This is an auction for SOMERSET MAUGHAM by Ted Morgan. review:

"FIVE STARS!! This is the quintessential biography of this enigmatic figure; the most complete and thorough examination of the life and traumas and adventures that made up the life of the man and the writer. As Morgan states, Maugham is the most popular writer of serious fiction that England has produced since Charles Dickens. He had a genius for telling stories, and told more than two hundred of them in his plays, novels, essays and most admirably in his short stories. Maugham was famous a playwright in the early 20th century but he was also a doctor, an ambulance driver on the Western Front, and a spy - all in a twenty-year span during which he wrote ten novels including "Of Human Bondage". He was at various times friends with Henry James, Virginia Woolf, H.G. Wells, Noel Coward and Graham Greene, but the reason this book influenced me more than any other book I have read about him is the additional cast of characters that I was unaware of before reading Morgan's book: writers like Arnold Bennett, Lytton Strachey, Aubrey Beardsley, Rupert Brooke and scores of other people whose work I am now familiar with because of this biography. Maugham has been labelled a women hater, mean, anti-Semitic, cynical, bitter and a promiscuous bisexual who was exclusively homosexual after the age of forty. Despite this, Morgan paints a sympathetic balanced portrait of a painfully sensitive human being. This is a great book."

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Hardback 1980.

711 pages + photographs.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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