W. Somerset Maugham

Author of The Razor's Edge and 20+ Books

W. Somerset Maugham

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Born in Paris in 1874, William Somerset Maugham spoke French even before speaking a word of English, a fact that some critics attribute to the purity of his style. His parents died early and Maugham became a qualified physician after an unhappy boyhood that he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage. But his true vocation was to write. He almost literally starved to death for ten years before his first success while pouring out novels and plays. ... Maugham wrote at a time when experimental modernist literature such as William Faulkner's, Thomas Mann's, James Joyce's, and Virginia Woolf were gaining popularity and critical acclaim. In this context, his plain prose style was criticized as such a tissue of clichés that one's wonder is finally aroused at the ability of writers to assemble so many and at his unfailing inability to put anything in an individual way. During World War I, Maugham worked for the British Secret Service. Maugham settled in southern France after World War II and continued to move between England and Nice until his death in 1965.READ MORE

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There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.

The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.

How can I be reasonable? To me our love was everything and you were my whole life. It is not very pleasant to realize that to you it was only an episode.

Affairs   Breakup   Life   Love   Women

Impropriety is the soul of wit.

As lovers, the difference between men and women is that women can love all day long, but men only at times.

Love   Men   Women

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