Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham A Biography

ISBN-10: 1611454352
ISBN-13: 9781611454352
Edition: N/A
Authors: Selina Hastings
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Description: He was a brilliant teller of tales, one of the most widely read authors of the twentieth century, and at one time the most famous writer in the world, yet W. Somerset Maugham’s own true story has never been fully told. At last, the truth is revealed  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

He was a brilliant teller of tales, one of the most widely read authors of the twentieth century, and at one time the most famous writer in the world, yet W. Somerset Maugham’s own true story has never been fully told. At last, the truth is revealed in a landmark biography by the award-winning writer Selina Hastings. Granted unprecedented access to Maugham’s personal correspondence and to newly uncovered interviews with his only child, Hastings portrays the secret loves, betrayals, integrity, and passion that inspired Maugham to create such classics as The Razor’s Edge and Of Human Bondage. Portrayed in full for the first time is Maugham’s disastrous marriage to Syrie Wellcome, a manipulative society woman who trapped Maugham with a pregnancy and an attempted suicide. Hastings also explores Maugham’s many affairs with men, including his great love, Gerald Haxton, an alcoholic charmer. Maugham’s work in secret intelligence during two world wars is described in fascinating detail—experiences that provided the inspiration for the groundbreaking Ashenden stories. From the West End to Broadway, from China to the South Pacific, Maugham’s remarkably productive life is thrillingly recounted as Hastings uncovers the real stories behind such classics as Rain, The Painted Veil, Cakes & Ale, and other well-known tales.

Selina Hastings is a writer and journalist. She was educated at St Paul's Girls' School and Oxford University. Selina's first job was at Hatchards bookshop but she went on to work for fourteen years on the Daily Telegraph and for eight years as literary editor of Harper's & Queen. Hastings has been a lecturer and visting scholar at a number of foundations and was Mellon Fellow during 2002-2003 at the Harry Ransom Research Center, University of Texas. From 2008-2009 Selina was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen Mary's University, London and in 2009-2010 she was awarded the Dorot Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Jewish Studies. Selina is the author of four literary biographies: Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh (winner of the Marsh Biography Prize), Rosamond Lehmann and Somerset Maugham. She has also written a number of books for children. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she reviews regularly and has been a judge of the Booker, Whitbread, British Academy, Ondaatje and Duff Cooper Prizes, and of the UK Biographers' Award.

A Blackstable Boyhood
At St. Thomas's Hospital
A Writer by Instinct
Le Chat Blanc
England's Dramatist
Syrie
Code Name "Somerville"
Behind the Painted Veil
A World of Veranda and Prahu
Separation
The Villa Mauresque
Master Hacky
The Teller of Tales
An Exercise in Propaganda
The Bronzino Boy
Betrayal
Acknowledgments
Source Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
Illustration Credits

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