By Samuel J. Rogal
William Somerset Maugham used to be the most renowned and winning British writers of his time. From October 1897, whilst he accomplished his clinical schooling at St. Thomas's clinic in London, till his dying 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 conflict, international conflict I, and international warfare II; the lavishness of the top degrees of British and American society throughout the first six many years of the 20 th century; the glamor of Hollywood, Paris, ny, San Francisco, and London; and the romance of China, Malaya, Borneo, and India.
This reference publication is a consultant to Maugham's interesting lifestyles and profession. the amount starts with a quick dialogue of the significance of Maugham's lifestyles and paintings, via a close chronology of vital biographical and literary occasions. via numerous hundred alphabetically prepared entries, the encyclopedia overviews Maugham's drama, fiction, and prose nonfiction; his family members; the folks whom he knew and with whom he linked; the locations the place he lived and to which he journeyed, rather the towns and villages that he inserted into his works; and the old, cultural, social, and political matters that ruled his existence and occupation. every one access closes with a quick bibliography, and the amount encompasses a chosen bibliography of serious experiences.
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CAKES AND ALE; OR, THE SKELETON IN THE CUPBOARD (1930). A novel, *Maugham’s twelfth, published in London by *William Heinemann and 16 CAKES AND ALE; OR, THE SKELETON IN THE CUPBOARD in New York by Doubleday. The germ of the idea came from the grand ceremony at the funeral of *Thomas Hardy (1840–1928), whose ashes were borne at Westminster Abbey (after his heart had been buried elsewhere) by such politicians as Stanley Baldwin (1867–1947) and Ramsay MacDonald (1866–1937) and by such literati as J.
Prolific English writer of popular fiction, one of four sons born to Edward White Benson (1829–1896), archbishop of Canterbury from 1883. He was the brother of the biographer and diarist Arthur Christopher Benson (1862–1925) and the novelist (turned Roman Catholic) Robert Hugh Benson (1871–1914). His popularity came from two sets of novels, known, respectively, as ‘‘Dodo’’ and ‘‘Lucia’’—the latter reissued in 1977. Never known for his masculinity, he belonged to *Maugham’s circle of *homosexual friends.
The hackneyed plot of the piece spins its tiresome web about the repressive (but sometimes repressed) husband theme, specifically, the humorless and rumbling London barrister †Valentine Lefevre. He tries, in the end without success, to keep his widowed mother dependent on him, to prevent his daughter, †Enid Lefevre, from an engagement to the man she really loves, and to achieve domination over his dominating wife, †Hermione. Maugham blamed part of the failure of the piece on Violet Cooper’s inability to deliver the lines properly.