Books: Somerset Maugham

He Picks up the Oddments and Remainders of Life Ever since I read Of Human Bondage I have wanted to meet W. Somerset Maugham. Here is a man with bitter truth in his work, with brilliance in his execution, with a sense of grim tragedy and deep irony. Now he is in Manhattan rehearsing a new play. He seldom stops long anywhere. He travels constantly, seeking out the bizarre places of the world, studying people and customs, picking up stray bits of character, strange events, and filling his notebooks generously with them.

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