Collected Short Stories, Volume 4

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Penguin, Apr 1, 1992 - Fiction - 464 pages
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These thirty stories--most set in the colonies at a time when the Empire was still assured, in a world in which men and women were caught between their own essentially European values and the richness and ambiguity of their unfamiliar surroundings--show a master of the genre at the peak of his power.
  

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Contents

PREFACE
3
THE BOOKBAG
5
FRENCH JOE
38
GERMAN HARRY
42
THE FOUR DUTCHMEN
46
THE BACK OF BEYOND
52
P O
82
EPISODE
111
WINTER CRUISE
235
MABEL
252
MASTERSON
256
PRINCESS SEPTEMBER
265
A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE
273
MIRAGE
285
THE LETTER
303
THE OUTSTATION
334

THE KITE
130
A WOMAN OF FIFTY
152
MAYHEW
169
THE LOTUS EATER
172
SALVATORE
186
THE WASHTUB
190
A MAN WITH A CONSCIENCE
198
AN OFFICIAL POSITION
217
THE PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN
362
RAW MATERIAL
367
STRAIGHT FLUSH
370
THE END OF THE FLIGHT
376
A CASUAL AFFAIR
381
RED
400
NEIL MACADAM
419
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About the author (1992)

William Somerset Maugham (1874–1965) studied medicine, but the quick success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), started him on his lifelong literary career, during which he would become one of the most popular English authors since Dickens. His own life, however, was more tragic, shocking, and fascinating than any novel. After his adored parents died, he grew up in a miserable vicarage and suffered from a physical handicap†of which†he was ashamed. During his lifetime, Maugham would marry and divorce, be sent to Russia as a spy, and entertain such celebrities as Jean Cocteau, Winston Churchill, NoŽl Coward, the Aga Khan, and Ian Fleming at his Riviera mansion. Among his masterpieces are Of Human Bondage, The Painted Veil, The Razor’s Edge, and The Moon and Sixpence. In addition, such works as “The Letter” and “Rain” established Maugham as a gifted short story writer.

Benjamin DeMott (1924–2005) was professor of English and the Mellon professor of humanities at Amherst College. The author of two novels, he was best known for his cultural criticism in leading periodicals and in such books as The Imperial Middle: Why Americans Can’t Think Straight About Class and The Trouble with Friendship: Why Americans Can’t Think Straight About Race.

Maeve Binchy (1940–2012) was the New York Times bestselling author of Quentins, Scarlet Feather, Tara Road (an Oprah’s Book Club Selection), Circle of Friends, Light a Penny Candle, and many other novels.


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