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W. Somerset Maugham
W. Somerset Maugham

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W. Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He trained as a doctor in London where he started writing his first novels. In 1926 he bought a house in Cap Ferrat, France, which was to become a meeting place for a number of writers, artists and politicians. He died in 1965.

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Cakes and Ale

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 2000
Price: $15.95

Cakes and Ale is a delicious satire of London literary society between the Wars. Social climber Alroy Kear is flattered when he is selected by Edward Driffield's wife to pen the official biography of her lionized novelist husband, and determined to write a bestseller. But then Kear discovers the great novelist's... Read more >
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Cakes and Ale

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Christmas Holiday

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 2000
Price: $16.95

For Christmas, Charley Mason's father granted him a trip to Paris, all expenses paid. It should have been a lark, but on his first night Charley meets a woman whose story will forever change his life.

For Lydia has seen tragedy. The Russian Revolution displaced her family, left her homeless, fatherless... Read more >
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Christmas Holiday

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 5, 2011
Price: $13.99

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Collected Stories

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Hardcover, 880 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: July 6, 2004
Price: $27.50

Though Somerset Maugham was also famous for his novels, essays, and plays, it has been argued that the short story was his true métier. His expertly told tales, with their addictive plot twists and vividly drawn characters, are both galvanizing as literature and wonderfully entertaining.

In the adventures of his alter... Read more >

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The Moon and Sixpence

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2000
Price: $14.00

Based on the life of Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence is W. Somerset Maugham's ode to the powerful forces behind creative genius.

Charles Strickland is a staid banker, a man of wealth and privilege.  He is also a man possessed of an unquenchable desire to create art.  As Strickland pursues his artistic vision... Read more >
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The Moon and Sixpence

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 31, 2010
Price: $9.99

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The Narrow Corner

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 1, 2009
Price: $16.00

Filled with adventure, passion, and intrigue, The Narrow Corner is a classic tale of the sea by one of the twentieth-century's finest writers.
Island hoping across the South Pacific, the esteemed Dr. Saunders is offered passage by Captain Nichols and his companion Fred Blake, two men who appear unsavory, yet any means... Read more >
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The Narrow Corner

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 15, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Of Human Bondage

Written by W. Somerset Maugham
Introduction by Gore Vidal


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 2, 1999
Price: $14.00

With an Introduction by Gore Vidal, and Commentary by Theodore Dreiser and Graham Greene.

Originally published in 1915, Of Human Bondage is a potent expression of the power of sexual obsession and of modern man's yearning for freedom. This classic bildungsroman tells the story of Philip Carey, a sensitive boy born... Read more >
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Of Human Bondage

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 1, 1991
Price: $5.95

Originally published in 1915, Of Human Bondage is a potent expression of the power of sexual obsession and of modern man's yearning for freedom. This classic tells the story of Philip Carey, a sensitive boy born with a clubfoot who is orphaned and raised by a religious aunt and uncle. Philip... Read more >
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Of Human Bondage

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 28, 2006
Price: $1.99

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Of Human Bondage
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $2.99

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The Painted Veil

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $15.00

“The modern writer who has influenced me the most.” —George Orwell

Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a... Read more >
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The Painted Veil

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $15.95

Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. Stripped of the British society of her youth and... Read more >
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The Painted Veil

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 5, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Razor's Edge

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $15.95

Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. The progress of his spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brilliant characters—his fiancée Isabel whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions, and Elliott Templeton, her uncle, a classic expatriate American snob. Maugham himself wanders in... Read more >
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The Razor's Edge

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 26, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Skeptical Romancer
Selected Travel Writing
Written by W. Somerset Maugham
Edited by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $15.00

One of the seminal writers of the twentieth century, W. Somerset Maugham was also a fearless and constant traveler who chronicled his adventures with a rare mix of wit and excitement. In The Skeptical Romancer, acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer selects vignettes of Maugham's wise and vivid prose that track his... Read more >
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The Skeptical Romancer
Selected Travel Writing
Written by W. Somerset Maugham
Edited by Pico Iyer


Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $24.00

W. Somerset Maugham was one of the seminal writers of the twentieth century, and his travel writing has long been considered among his finest work. Now, acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer maps out a masterful tour of these vivid, evocative pieces that are collected here for the first time.

Maugham worked as... Read more >
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The Skeptical Romancer
Selected Travel Writing
Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Theatre

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $16.00

In Theatre, W. Somerset Maugham–the author of the classic novels Of Human Bondage and Up at the Villa–introduces us to Julia Lambert, a woman of breathtaking poise and talent whose looks have stood by her forty-six years. She is one of the greatest actresses England–so good, in fact, that perhaps she... Read more >
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Theatre

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 5, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Up at the Villa

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2000
Price: $14.95

In Up at the Villa, W. Somerset Maugham portrays a wealthy young English woman who finds herself confronted rather brutally by the repercussions of whimsy.

On the day her older and prosperous friend asks her to marry him, Mary Leonard demurs and decides to postpone her reply a few days.  But driving into... Read more >
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Up at the Villa

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 17, 2011
Price: $11.99

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