Books: Old Craftsman

CATALINA (275 pp.) — W. Somerset Maugham—Doubleday ($3).

This is Somerset Maugham's 22nd novel. He has announced that it is also to be his last. If he sticks to that, 74-year-old Author Maugham, England's most popular contemporary novelist, will have brought to an end a career that has included such lasting favorites as Of Human Bondage, Cakes & Ale, and The Moon and Sixpence, as well as 57 volumes of short stories, essays, travel books and plays.

His last novel is as simple and unpretentious as anything he has ever written. Catalina is no masterpiece; it is merely a disarming little story...

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