Books: Willie's Last Chapters

SOMERSET AND ALL THE MAUGHAMS by Robin Maugham. 270 pages. New American Library. $5.95.

"I've been a horrible and evil man," said Somerset Maugham, past 91 and dying at a pace he found painfully slow. "Every one of the few people who have ever got to know me well has ended up by hating me." Then, as if to prove it, he would sit muttering angrily to himself, or fly into sudden rages at his guests. From the wrinkled nonagenarian mouth came the vilest obscenities, and he agonized over the mistakes in his life. "My greatest one was this. I tried to...

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