Books: Journeyman

THE GENTLEMAN IN THE PARLOUR—W. Somerset Maugham — Doubleday, Doran ($3).

Author Maugham writes with few illusions about himself, about his writing. Says he: "This book is the record of a journey through Burma, the Shan States, Siam, and Indo-China. I am writing it for my own diversion . . . I am a professional writer, and I hope to get from it a certain amount of money and perhaps a little praise." Exotic parts have a kind of fascination for Traveler Maugham, but little glamour. His book is consequently better reading than most...

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