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  • Published: 1 February 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099287391
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544

Collected Short Stories Volume 1




The first volume of collected short stories, written by a master of the form

This classic collection of stories moves from England, France and Spain to the silver sands of the South Pacific. It includes the famous story 'Rain', the tragedy of a narrow-minded and overzealous missionary and a prostitute, and 'The Three Fat Women of Antibes,' an extravagantly sardonic tale of abstention and greed, as well as a host of other stories such as 'The Voice of the Turtle' and 'Before the Party'.This is the first volume of Somerset Maugham's Collected Short Stories. Written with an introductory preface for each volume and arranged in the order preferred by the author, Volume 1 contains thirty stories by this eminent writer

  • Pub date: 1 February 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099287391
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544

About the Author

W. Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King’s School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He spent some time at St. Thomas’ Hospital with the idea of practising medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, published in 1897, won him over to literature. Of Human Bondage, the first of his masterpieces, came out in 1915, and with the publication in 1919 of The Moon and Sixpence his reputation as a novelist was established. At the same time his fame as a successful playwright and writer was being consolidated with acclaimed productions of various plays and the publication of several short story collections. His other works include travel books, essays, criticism and the autobiographical The Summing Up and A Writer’s Notebook. In 1927 Somerset Maugham settled in the South of France and lived there until his death in 1965

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