Collected short stories, Volume 4

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Penguin Books, 1977 - Fiction - 464 pages
This final classic collection reveals Somerset Maugham's unique talent for exposing and exploring the bitter realities of human relationships in tales of love, infidelity, passion and prejudice. The stories range from "The Lotus Eater" where a man envisions 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.

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User Review  - JBreedlove - LibraryThing

A collection of stories of the English middle and upper classes during the inter war years in London and British Malaysia. Usually the stories had to do with couples and their faulty relations. Only ... Read full review

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User Review  - Smiley - LibraryThing

Yes, the stories are old school. They have a beginning, a middle and an end. They also have a point. They are not minimalist fiction and rarely self-indulgent. Maybe that is why nobody reads Maugham ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
7
FRENCH JOE
42
THE BACK OF BEYOND 36
56
Copyright

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Writer William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris on January 25, 1874. He attended St. Thomas's Medical School in London. A prolific writer, Maugham produced novels, short stories, plays, and an autobiographical novel, "Of Human Bondage." Although he remains popular for his novels and short stories, when he was alive his plays, now dated, were also popular, and in 1908 four of his plays ran simultaneously. Maugham died in Nice, France, on December 16, 1965.

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