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“Looking back,” Maugham's nephew Robin Maugham says, “I realize that though
I sometimes feared him, I was fond of him; but I am afraid I never understood him.
” This is exactly the quality of Maugham's writing. He is present to the reader, ...
Both books and life for Maugham, apart from Of Human Bondage and the painful
experiences that went into it, were a system of defences, high walls around a very
secret self. William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874, the ...
also a mocking version of Maugham himself as the successful writer who has
made a little talent go a very long way. People have been shocked by the book's
disrespectful depiction of a figure much resembling Thomas Hardy, who had died
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JBreedlove - LibraryThing
A compilation of notes kept over his lifetime and published just before Maugham's death. Though there were some pearls of wisdom and insightful comments on writing it was his commentary on daily life ... Read full review