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- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.95
?[Maugham?s] excessively rare gift of story-telling . . . is almost the equal of imagination itself.? ? The Sunday Times (London) ?It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham. . . . He was always so entirely there .? ?Gore Vidal ?Maugham remains the consummate craftsman.... more...
- The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.99
Liza of Lambeth (1897) narrates Liza's last four months alive. She lives in a working-class area of London, and as the youngest of thirteen siblings she is left to look after their incompetent mother. She rejects a local suitor, but finds herself attracted to a mysterious stranger on a site-seeing trip. The novel gives insight into working-class... more...
- The Floating Press 1908; US$ 4.99
Maugham wrote The Magician after meeting the famous magician and occultist Aleister Crowly in Paris. He caricatures Crowly as the protagonist Oliver Haddo, a magician who is attempting to create life. Crowly later accused Maugham of plagiarism and Maugham added the foreword A Fragment of Autobiography, which is included in this edition. more...
- The Floating Press 1919; US$ 3.99
The Moon and Sixpence is a fictional novel heavily influenced by the life of French painter Paul Gauguin. The novel is told first-person, dipping episodically into the mind of the artist. Charles Strickland is an English stock broker, who leaves everything behind him in his middle age to live in defiant squalor in Paris as an artist. His genius is... more...
- The Floating Press 1915; US$ 3.99
A nine year old boy's mother dies shortly after the death of his father. He is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in a small East-Anglian village, where his uncle is vicar. This uncle holds the boy's significant inheritance for him until he comes of age, giving him unlimited power over the boy. The novel is considered a masterpiece, and is... more...
- The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99
As one of the most abidingly popular literary figures of the twentieth century, W. Somerset Maugham's sphere of influence far exceeded the realm of the stage, for which most of his early works were written. The Land of Promise is D. Torbett's novelization of Maugham's play of the same name, which served as the basis for several versions... more...
- Random House 2009; US$ 14.38
When war broke out in 1914, Somerset Maugham was dispatched by the British Secret Service to Switzerland under the guise of completing a play. Multilingual, knowledgeable about many European countries and a celebrated writer, Maugham had the perfect cover, and the assignment appealed to his love of romance, and of the ridiculous. The stories collected... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 15.95
Cakes and Ale is a delicious satire of London literary society between the Wars. Social climber Alroy Kear is flattered when he is selected by Edward Driffield's wife to pen the official biography of her lionized novelist husband, and determined to write a bestseller. But then Kear discovers the great novelist's voluptuous muse (and unlikely first... more...
- Random House 2011; US$ 12.78
Crippled sixteen-year-old Catalina is the one person unable to join in the festivities of the Feast of the Assumption. But then she has a vision of the Virgin, and is miraculously cured. In the dark days of the Spanish Inquisition, such a claim to blessedness has serious consequences, especially when Catalina seems more inclined to obey her heart... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.95
For Christmas, Charley Mason's father granted him a trip to Paris, all expenses paid. It should have been a lark, but on his first night Charley meets a woman whose story will forever change his life. For Lydia has seen tragedy. The Russian Revolution displaced her family, left her homeless, fatherless. And for reasons that elude Charley, Lydia pines... more...