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The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham

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For nearly sixty years Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was one of the most famous writers in the world. An enormously successful playwright and the author of over a hundred short stories and twenty-one novels - several of which are now established classics - Maugham expertly concealed a private life. Predominantly homosexual, and deeply in love with the charming but dissolute Gerald Haxton, he made a disastrous marriage to Syrie Wellcome which he would escape by travelling and writing extensively in the Far East. A talented linguist, during both world wars Maugham worked for British Intelligence. In between he moved in literary and theatrical circles in London, New York and Hollywood and entertained lavishly at his luxurious villa in the south of France. Outwardly his life was richly rewarding, but privately he suffered anguish from an unrequited love affair and a shocking final betrayal.

Acclaimed biographer Selina Hastings has had access to Maugham's extensive private correspondence as well as to important family testimony, which sheds a fascinating new light on this complex and extraordinary man.

Paperback in very good condition, binding tight and pages all clean and unmarked. The top corners of both front and back cover are very slightly bent and there is very slight creasing to the top of the spine but otherwise the book looks as new.

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Author(s):
Selina Hastings
Condition:
Used: very good
ISBN-13:
9780719565557
Publisher:
John Murray Publishers Ltd
Title:
The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham

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For nearly sixty years Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was one of the most famous writers in the world. An enormously successful playwright and the author of over a hundred short stories and twenty-one novels - several of which are now established classics - Maugham expertly concealed a private life. Predominantly homosexual, and deeply in love with the charming but dissolute Gerald Haxton, he made a disastrous marriage to Syrie Wellcome which he would escape by travelling and writing extensively in the Far East. A talented linguist, during both world wars Maugham worked for British Intelligence. In between he moved in literary and theatrical circles in London, New York and Hollywood and entertained lavishly at his luxurious villa in the south of France. Outwardly his life was richly rewarding, but privately he suffered anguish from an unrequited love affair and a shocking final betrayal.

Acclaimed biographer Selina Hastings has had access to Maugham's extensive private correspondence as well as to important family testimony, which sheds a fascinating new light on this complex and extraordinary man.

Paperback in very good condition, binding tight and pages all clean and unmarked. The top corners of both front and back cover are very slightly bent and there is very slight creasing to the top of the spine but otherwise the book looks as new.

Author(s):
Selina Hastings
Condition:
Used: very good
ISBN-13:
9780719565557
Publisher:
John Murray Publishers Ltd
Title:
The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham

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