The Complete Short Stories: Volume 1

The Complete Short Stories Volume The first of three volumes of The Complete Short Stories

  • Title: The Complete Short Stories: Volume 1
  • Author: W. Somerset Maugham
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The first of three volumes of The Complete Short Stories.

    • The Complete Short Stories: Volume 1 ¦ W. Somerset Maugham
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      Published :2019-07-11T13:24:19+00:00

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    1. William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874 He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage, Maugham became a qualified physician But writing was his true vocation For ten years before his first success, he almost literally starved while pouring out novels and plays During World War I, Maugham worked for the British Secret Service He travelled all over the world, and made many visits to America After World War II, Maugham made his home in south of France and continued to move between England and Nice till his death in 1965.

    2. In a word, terrific. I have always enjoyed reading Somerset Maugham and in this multitude of short stories spanning many countries and filling some 500 pages I had nothing but pleasure in moving from one story to another. There are two other volumes of his short stories, but despite my admiration of his writing I will most probably not address Volume Two for another year or so, simply because I have read so much variety and intensity in this first volume that I feel I need a break from his style [...]

    3. Short stories are not quick reads.The volume I have was published in 1951: the margins are narrow, the typeface tight and each page is dense with reading. After plodding through this collection a formulaic approach to writing these stories is discernible, an approach I had discovered reading Barry Crump's novels; there is attention to detail, a hook and a punch line. Maugham's punch line's have not stood the test of time well and his characterizations are of an age; but the description of the ha [...]

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