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DON FERNANDO—W. Somerset Maugham—Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

When William Somerset Maugham was 23, he wrote a little book on Spain called The Land of the Blessed Virgin. Having escaped uncongenial work in a London hospital, free for the first time, he fell pleasantly in love in Seville, where he was made a "pretty fool of." An inexperienced author, he hesitated about writing the story of his love affair, compromised by turning out a book of sketches the mature Maugham was to dismiss as "crude and gushing." Despite his impulse to try again, despite his...

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