Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage

W. Somerset Maugham

Fiction / Short Stories

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 a would-be artist, he settles in London to train as a doctor where he meets Mildred, the loud but irresistible waitress with whom he plunges into a tortured and masochistic affair. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The Razor's Edge

The Razor's Edge

W. Somerset Maugham

Fiction / Short Stories

Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. 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. The most ambitious of Maugham's novels, this is also one in which Maugham himself plays a considerable part as he wanders in and out of the story, to observe his characters struggling with their fates.
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Collected Short Stories Volume 2

Collected Short Stories Volume 2

W. Somerset Maugham

Fiction / Short Stories

The stories in this collection move from Malaya to America and England, and include some of Maugham's most famous tales; 'Flotsam and Jetsam', the story of an old woman trapped for years in a loveless marriage in the remote rubber plantations; 'The Man with the Scar', and notably the opening story 'The Vessel of Wrath', a tale of the unexpected love that grows between a devout missionary nurse and a drunken reprobate. 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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Collected Short Stories Volume 4

Collected Short Stories Volume 4

W. Somerset Maugham

Fiction / Short Stories

This final classic collection of stories reveals Somerset Maugham's unique talent for exposing and exploring the bitter realities of human relationships. Brilliant tales of love, infidelity, passion and prejudice, the stories range from 'The Lotus Eater' in which a man has a vision of a life of bliss in the Mediterranean, to the astringent tales of 'The Outstation' and 'The Back of Beyond' in Malaya and South East Asia. Largely set in favourite Maugham country, this colourful collection brilliantly evokes the numbered days of the British Empire.
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The Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham: East and West (Vol. 1 of 2))

The Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham: East and West (Vol. 1 of 2))

W. Somerset Maugham

Fiction / Short Stories

30 stories Rain -- Fall of Edward Barnard -- Mackintosh -- Red -- Honolulu -- Pool -- Letter -- Before the party -- Force of circumstance -- Outstation -- Yellow streak -- P & O -- Jane -- Round dozen -- Creative impulse -- Miss King -- Hairless Mexican -- Giulia Lazzari -- Traitor -- His Excellency -- Mr. Harrington's washing -- Footprints in the jungle -- Human element -- virtue -- Alien corn -- Book-bag -- Vessel of wrath -- Door of opportunity -- Back of beyond -- Neil MacAdam.
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Ah King (Works of W. Somerset Maugham)

Ah King (Works of W. Somerset Maugham)

W. Somerset Maugham

Fiction / Short Stories

Set in Malaya, this collection of short stories brilliantly captures the essence of colonial life. Maugham paints a keen picture of the expatriate planter, missionary, and colonial officer--and their womenfolk--as they pass their days in this remote corner of the empire. Footprints in the Jungle The Door of Opportunity The Vessel of Wrath The Book-Bag The Back of Beyond Neil Macadam
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Theatre

Theatre

W. Somerset Maugham

Fiction / Short Stories

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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Short Stories

Short Stories

W. Somerset Maugham

Fiction / Short Stories

Somerset Maugham is the acknowledged master of the short story, and his full range is represented in this collection. In acclaimed stories such as 'Rain', 'The Letter', 'The Vessel of Wrath' and 'The Alien Corn', Maugham illustrates his wry perception of human weakness and his genius for evoking compelling drama and an acute sense of time and place.
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Then and Now

Then and Now

W. Somerset Maugham

Fiction / Short Stories

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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The Skeptical Romancer: Selected Travel Writing

The Skeptical Romancer: Selected Travel Writing

W. Somerset Maugham

Fiction / Short Stories

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 a secret agent in Russia, published novels in London, staged plays in New York, and traveled throughout Europe, Asia, India, and the United States, chronicling his travels, wherever he went, with exceptional insight. Beginning with “In the Land of the Blessed Virgin” and culminating in “A Partial View,” Iyer selects vignettes of Maugham’s razor-sharp prose that track his transformation from a boyish traveler in Spain to a worldly man of letters. This is Maugham at his most keenly observant, direct, and powerful. From the Hardcover edition.
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Up at the Villa

Up at the Villa

W. Somerset Maugham

Fiction / Short Stories

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 the hills above Florence alone that evening, Mary offers a ride to a handsome stranger. And suddenly, her life is utterly, irrevocably altered. For this stranger is a refugee of war, and he harbors more than one form of passion. Before morning, Mary will witness bloodshed, she will be forced to seek advice and assistance from an unsavory man, and she will have to face the truth about her own yearnings. Erotic, haunting, and maddeningly suspenseful, Up at the Villa is a masterful tale of temptation and the capricious nature of fate.
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