'A superb storyteller - one of the very best in our language' Daily Mail
William Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris
until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and
at Heidelberg University. He spent some time at St. Thomas'
Hospital with the idea of practising medicine, but the success of
his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, published in 1897, won him
over to literature. Of Human Bondage, the first of his
masterpieces, came out in 1915, and with the publication in 1919 of
The Moon and Sixpence his reputation as a novelist was established.
At the same time his fame as a successful playwright and writer was
being consolidated with acclaimed productions of various plays and
the publication of several short story collections. His other works
include travel books, essays, criticism and the autobiographical
The Summing Up and A Writer's Notebook.
In 1927 Somerset Maugham settled in the South of France and lived there until his death in 1965
A superb storyteller - one of the very best in our language * Daily
The modern writer who has influenced me most -- George Orwell
Maugham has given infinite pleasure and left us a splendour of writing which will remain for as long as the written English word is permitted to exist * Daily Telegraph *
This semi-autobiographical novel, set at the end of the 19th century, gripped me from the start with its tale of the life of Philip Carey. Its depiction of how a man can become enslaved by an unsuitable love is unsparing -- Christopher Simon Sykes * The Week *