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W. Somerset Maugham, Collection 31 Volumes

W. Somerset Maugham, Collection 31 Volumes

Gripping tales from the master story-teller.

Why is Maugham now hailed as a literary genius when so many critics once considered his novels too earthy, too sordid? He may shock you, even outrage you – but he will always hold you spellbound with the sheer power of his stories.

Particularly compelling are his ‘Ashenden’ stories of a First World War Secret Service Agent, which is based on his own experiences.

In ‘Rain’, one of the marvellous stories in ‘The Trembling Of A Leaf’, he dared to build his story on a ‘reformed’ tart who is corrupted by a young missionary.

In ‘The Moon And Sixpence’, inspired by the life of the painter Gauguin, he further outraged society by making his hero reject his wife and Western values for primitive life in Tahiti where, as a cynical privilege of his rank, he took a woman as second wife as casually as one would buy a loaf of bread. How the critics howled! But how the public loved his earthy realism.

This series can be found in two Kidron versions, namely the blue cover shown above and one with black spines and deep red covers, as below.

First twenty in original catalogue, other eleven are later additions

The Trembling Of A Leaf
The Moon And Sixpence
Mrs. Craddock,
The Mixture as Before
Creatures of Circumstance
The Painted Veil
The Razor’s Edge
First Person Singular
Christmas Holiday
Ah King
Of Human Bondage I
Of Human Bondage II
Liza of Lambeth
The Narrow Corner & Casuarina Tree
Up at the Villa & Don Fernando
Cakes and Ale.

Later additions;

Plays I
Plays II
Plays III
The Summing Up
The Explorer & Land of the Blessed Virgin
Points of View & Selected Prefaces
A Writer’s Notebook
The Magician & The Gentleman in the Parlour
Catalina & Then and Now
The Vagrant Mood & Ten Novels
The Merry-Go-Round

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