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Title : Somerset Maugham
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ISBN : 9780224018135
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 711 Pages
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Somerset Maugham Reviews

  • Sketchbook
    2019-03-21 03:08

    This bio reads like research notes that must be turnedover to a Writer. Unfortunately, they weren't. It's anappalling hiccough of facts (3 stars) ; as bio 'art' it's 1-star. Another example of a greasy whopper burger inwhich the author throws everything onto the griddle.MOMs life could make a 1/2 dozen novels. I don't think the author cared for MOM at all, but he got a fattiecontract from the publisher and needed the loot. Baaad.

  • Jon
    2019-02-27 01:55

    I'm sorry I had to give up on this one though I did like Ted Morgan's "Literary Outlaw" about the life and times of Wm. S. Burroughs. This biography suffers from what some biographies succumb to - the biographer's desire to include TOO much detail. While it is admirable that some biographers wish to document the minutiae of their subject's lives I firmly believe that good biography should read like good literature. It should not only illuminate the subject, but also, by holding the candle to the mirror, ourselves.Ted Morgan told a good story using the subject matter of Wm. S. Burroughs life, but here with Maugham, however, he succumbed to giving the reader too much detail. And, sadly, Maughma's life (at least the part I read) really wasn't all that interesting. Of course he knew everyone and his life spanned the Victorian to the Post Modern, but this story could have been told successfully with 25-30% fewer pages.

  • David
    2019-03-12 02:18

    Very detailed and interesting account of Maugham's successful but not totally satisfying and/or happy life. Maugham tried to make a biographer's task difficult -- he destroyed letters and other material and asked friends and correspondents to destroy all letters and not cooperate with writers. But Morgan overcame and produced a fine product. Nicely written and mostly clear, although he sometimes uses pronouns with uncertain antecedents. My only gripe!I'm inspired to read some Maugham. Have a 1937 anthology he edited and will begin there. Also planning to read "The Razor's Edge" with book club.

  • Lorraine
    2019-03-23 05:06

    This was fairly enjoyable to read just as a story. I cannot help thinking that Morgan disliked Maugham. He (Morgan) has an active and vigorous mind, though, and I cannot help thinking this might have worked better as a scholarly text, as his noting of Maugham's themes and such is quite astute. Maugham led a long life, and as someone who is transcribing his letters it was useful -- just in terms of names. Morgan, it seems, hated Alan Searle, but I don't know. So much of biography is just story, as Maugham himself proves.

  • Rosminah
    2019-03-25 08:53

    This was a hard book to read. Over 600 pages of daily life, mostly revolving around Maugham's embarrassment of his homosexuality due to the social pressures of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, his vindictive personality and general self-loathing. I enjoy his books so much, but he was really messed up.

  • Sally Jane Driscoll
    2019-03-07 01:14

    691 pages, and I was sorry when it ended.

  • Peter Michael
    2019-03-21 08:09

    The best biography of the writer who critics and other writers regarded as the best in the English language over Maugham's extraordinarily long three-generation writing career.

  • J. Walker
    2019-03-06 03:54

    I have to admit I got through 400 pages out of 620, but somewhere between 1927 and 1940, in the wilds of Chapter 14, I put the book down and never continued the journey.

  • Jane Chakrarthy
    2019-03-13 03:11

    I enjoyed reading this book. I have read many of Maugham's books and unusually for me, I knew little about him as a person before. This book is an interesting read about difficult to understand man.

  • Fred
    2019-03-01 04:10

    Biographies can be boring and tough to get through but this one isn't bad.

  • Adelle
    2019-03-09 03:13

    read as backgound for Of Human Bondage.It read a bit like Entertainment Tonight.