By Samuel Rogal
William Somerset Maugham used to be essentially the most renowned and profitable British writers of his time. From October 1897, whilst he accomplished his clinical schooling at St. Thomas's sanatorium in London, till his loss of life in December 1965, Maugham wrote twenty novels, stuffed 9 volumes along with his brief tales, wrote thirty-one performs, and released seven volumes of prose nonfiction. His writings mirror the tensions of the Boer warfare, global conflict I, and international struggle II; the lavishness of the top degrees of British and American society throughout the first six a long time of the twentieth century; the glamor of Hollywood, Paris, long island, San Francisco, and London; and the romance of China, Malaya, Borneo, and India. His attractiveness introduced him prosperity. At a 1962 public sale, 35 of his work bought for almost $1.5 million; bequests in his will totaled $280,000; his royalties over the past ten years of his lifestyles averaged $50,000 consistent with 12 months; and his Riviera property, bought in 1927 for $48,000, offered for $730,000 in 1967.
This reference ebook is a advisor to Maugham's interesting existence and occupation. the amount starts with a short dialogue of the significance of Maugham's existence and paintings, by way of a close chronology of significant biographical and literary occasions. via a number of hundred alphabetically prepared entries, the encyclopedia overviews Maugham's drama, fiction, and prose nonfiction; his relatives; the people whom he knew and with whom he linked; the locations the place he lived and to which he journeyed, really the towns and villages that he inserted into his works; and the old, cultural, social, and political concerns that ruled his lifestyles and occupation. every one access closes with a quick bibliography, and the quantity features a chosen bibliography of severe studies.
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A William Somerset Maugham Encyclopedia (Music Reference Collection; 60) by Samuel Rogal