Books: Maugham Mauled

GIN AND BITTERS — A. Riposre — Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50).

Last October appeared William Somerset Maugham's Cakes and Ale (TIME, Oct. 6). Sharp-eyed critics soon announced the story was founded on less-known, less respectable episodes of Thomas Hardy's life. Hardyolators were indignant. Their indignation may be mollified by "A. Riposte's" riposte. A much more savage, more personal attack on Maugham than Maugham ever made on Hardy, the book would have been instantly disqualified by the late great Marquess of Queensberry, frowner on fouls.

Leverson Hurle (Somerset Maugham), struggling but coming writer,...

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