Collected Short Stories, Volume 1

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Penguin, 1977 - Fiction - 448 pages
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These thirty stories, including the piece 'Rain', are set in the Pacific Islands, England, France, and Spain.
  

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Contents

RAIN
9
THE FALL OF EDWARD BARNARD
46
HONOLULU
75
THE LUNCHEON
97
THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER
101
HOME
105
THE POOL
110
MACKINTOSH
144
THE ESCAPE
309
THE JUDGEMENT SEAT
313
MR KNOWALL
317
THE HAPPY MAN
323
THE ROMANTIC YOUNG LADY
327
THE POINT OF HONOUR
336
THE POET
350
THE MOTHER
354

APPEARANCE AND REALITY
175
THE THREE FAT WOMEN OF ANTIBES
189
THE FACTS OF LIFE
202
GIGOLO AND GIGOLETTE
219
THE HAPPY COUPLE
235
THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE
248
THE LIONS SKIN
263
THE UNCONQUERED
284
A MAN FROM GLASGOW
367
BEFORE THE PARTY
377
LOUISE
400
THE PROMISE
406
A STRING OF BEADS
412
THE YELLOW STREAK
418
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W. 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 afterwards walked the wards of St. Thomas's Hospital with a view to practice in medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), won him over to letters. Something of his hospital experience is reflected, however, in the first of his masterpieces, Of Human Bondage (1915), and with The Moon and Sixpence (1919) his reputation as a novelist was assured.

His position as one of the most successful playwrights on the London stage was being consolidated simultaneously. His first play, A Man of Honour (1903), was followed by a procession of successes just before and after the First World War. (At one point only Bernard Shaw had more plays running at the same time in London.) His theatre career ended with Sheppey (1933).

His fame as a short-story writer began with The Trembling of a Leaf, sub-titled Little Stories of the South Sea Islands, in 1921, after which he published more than ten collections.

W. Somerset Maugham's general books are fewer in number. They include travel books, such as On a Chinese Screen (1922) and Don Fernando (1935), essays, criticism, and the self-revealing The Summing Up (1938) and A Writer's Notebook (1949).

W. Somerset Maugham became a Companion of Honour in 1954. He died in 1965.

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