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  • Ashenden
    Ashenden (Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    When war broke out in 1914, Somerset Maugham was dispatched by the British Secret Service to Switzerland under the guise of completing a play. The stories collected in Ashenden are rooted in Maugham's own experiences as an agent, reflecting the ruthlessness and brutality of espionage, its intrigue and treachery, as well as its absurdity.

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  • The Magician
    The Magician (Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    Set in the bohemian cafe society of Paris at the turn of the nineteenth century, Maugham's exploration of hypnotism and the occult was inspired by the sinister black magician Aleister Crowley.

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  • The Summing Up
    The Summing Up (Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    Autobiographical without being an autobiography, confessional without disclosing his private self, The Summing Up, written when Maugham was sixty-four, is an inimitable expression of a personal credo.

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  • The Razor's Edge
    The Razor's Edge (English, Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    The progress of this spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brillant characters - his fiancee Isabel, whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions, and Elliot Templeton, her uncle, a classic expatriate American snob.

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  • Of Human Bondage
    Of Human Bondage (English, Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    Of Human Bondage is the first and most autobiographical of Maugham's masterpieces. It is the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love and adventure. After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in Paris as would-be artist, Philip settles in London to train as a doctor.

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  • Collected Short Stories Volume 1
    Collected Short Stories Volume 1 (Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    It includes the famous story 'Rain', the tragedy of a narrow-minded and overzealous missionary and a prostitute, and 'The Three Fat Women of Antibes,' an extravagantly sardonic tale of abstention and greed, as well as a host of other brilliant tales.

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  • Collected Short Stories Volume 3
    Collected Short Stories Volume 3 (Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    The third volume of Somerset Maugham's Collected Short Stories, introduced by the author, contains the celebrated series about Ashenden, a secret service agent in World War I.

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  • Cakes And Ale
    Cakes And Ale (Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NICHOLAS SHAKESPEARECakes and Ale is both a wickedly satirical novel about contemporary literary poseurs and a skilfully crafted study of freedom.

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  • A Writer's Notebook
    A Writer's Notebook (English, Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    From 1892, when he was eighteen, until 1949, when this book was first published, Somerset Maugham kept a notebook. It is without doubt one of his most important works. Part autobiographical, part confessional, packed with observations, confidences, experiments and jottings it is a rich and exhilarating admission into this great writer's workshop

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  • Theatre
    Theatre (Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    Julia Lambert is in her prime, the greatest actress in England. Off stage, however, she is bored with her handsome husband, coquettish and undisciplined. She is at first flattered and amused by the attentions of a shy and eager young fan, but before long Julia is amazed to find herself falling wildly, dangerously, in love.

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  • The Moon And Sixpence
    The Moon And Sixpence (Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    Charles Strickland, a conventional stockbroker, abandons his wife and children for Paris and Tahiti, to live his life as a painter. Inspired by the life of Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence is at once a satiric caricature of Edwardian conventions and a vivid portrayal of the mentality of a genius.

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  • Collected Short Stories Volume 4
    Collected Short Stories Volume 4 (Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    This final classic collection of stories reveals Somerset Maugham's unique talent for exposing and exploring the bitter realities of human relationships.

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  • Short Stories
    Short Stories (English, Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    Somerset Maugham is the acknowledged master of the short story, and his full range is represented in this collection.

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  • Collected Short Stories Volume 2
    Collected Short Stories Volume 2 (Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    The stories in this collection move from Malaya to America and England, and include some of Maugham's most famous tales; In this second volume of his collected stories, Maugham illustrates his characteristic wry perception of human foibles and his genius for evoking compelling drama from an acute sense of time and place.

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  • The Narrow Corner
    The Narrow Corner (Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    On his way home from a remote Pacific island, Dr Saunders travels with two strangers: the treacherous Captain Nichols, and Fred, a handsome Australian with a shadowy past. Driven to shelter from a storm on the island of Kanda, the trio meet good-natured Erik Christessen and his fiancee, the cool and beautiful Louise.

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  • Merry Go Round
    Merry Go Round (Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    Looking out upon the backstreets, the suburbs and the high society haunts of Edwardian London, the delightfully witty and independent spinster Miss Ley surveys a tangled web of lives; Through Miss Ley's eyes we witness the brief but happy marriage of a dying poet;

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  • Of Human Bondage
    Of Human Bondage (English, Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham, Benjamin DeMott

    Of Human Bondage is a masterpiece of autobiographical fiction and one of Maugham's best -loved works. From a tormented orphan with a clubfoot, Philip Carey grows into an impressionable young man with a voracious appetite for adventure and knowledge. His cravings take him to Paris at age eighteen to try his hand at art, then back to London to study medicine. But even so, nothing can sate his...

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  • The Moon and Sixpence
    The Moon and Sixpence (English, Paperback) W Somerset Maugham

    The Moon and Sixpence, published in 1919, was one of the novels that galvanized W. Somerset Maugham's reputation as a literary master. It follows the life of one Charles Strickland, a bourgeois city gent whose dull exterior conceals the soul of a genius. Compulsive and impassioned, he abandons his home, wife, and children to devote himself slavishly to painting. In a tiny studio in Paris, he fills...

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  • Collected Stories
    Collected Stories (Hardback) W. Somerset Maugham

    Though W. Somerset Maugham was also famous for his novels and plays, it has been argued that in thethe short story he reached the pinnacle of his artwas his true metier. These 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 ego Ashenden, a writer who (like Maugham...

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  • Then And Now
    Then And Now (Paperback) W. Somerset Maugham

    Maugham found a parallel to the turmoil of our own times in the duplicity, intrigue and sensuality of the Italian Renaissance. Then and Now enters the world of Machiavelli, and covers three important months in the career of that crafty politician, worldly seducer and high priest of schemers.

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