Books: Rosie and Willie

W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM AND THE QUEST FOR FREEDOM by ROBERT LORIN CALDER 324 pages. Doubleday. $8.95.

Robert Lorin Calder, an English teacher at the University of Saskatchewan, has written the kind of academic dissertation that is doomed to sit on the shelf as if in a jar, pickled. But the book's appendices, not just one but two, are inflamed with gossipy life.

The body of the book pursues —through every novel, play and story, good, bad or silly, that Maugham ever wrote — Calder's all-purpose insight that Maugham was preoccupied with the escape from bondage. Calder has dis covered, for example, that "examined...

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