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W. Somerset Maugham

Birthdate: 25. January 1874
Date of death: 16. December 1965
Other names: Уильям Сомерсет Моэм

William Somerset Maugham, CH , better known as W. Somerset Maugham, was an English playwright, novelist, and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930s.Both Maugham's parents died before he was 10, and he was raised by a paternal uncle who was emotionally cold. He did not want to become a lawyer like other men in his family, so he trained and qualified as a physician. The initial run of his first novel Liza of Lambeth sold out so rapidly that he gave up medicine to write full-time.

During the First World War, he served with the Red Cross and in the ambulance corps before being recruited in 1916 into the British Secret Intelligence Service, for which he worked in Switzerland and Russia before the October Revolution of 1917. During and after the war, he travelled in India, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and those experiences were reflected in later short stories and novels.

Works

Of Human Bondage
Of Human Bondage
W. Somerset Maugham
The Moon and Sixpence
The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
The Summing Up
The Summing Up
W. Somerset Maugham
The Razor's Edge
The Razor's Edge
W. Somerset Maugham
The Circle
The Circle
W. Somerset Maugham
The Constant Wife
The Constant Wife
W. Somerset Maugham
Then and Now
W. Somerset Maugham
Ten Novels and Their Authors
Ten Novels and Their Authors
W. Somerset Maugham

„It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank, and independent.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham, book Of Human Bondage

Source: Of Human Bondage (1915), Ch. 51
Context: You will hear people say that poverty is the best spur to the artist. They have never felt the iron of it in their flesh. They do not know how mean it makes you. It exposes you to endless humiliation, it cuts your wings, it eats into your soul like a cancer. It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank, and independent.

„A god that can be understood is not a god.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham, book The Razor's Edge

The Razor's Edge (1943)
Context: A god that can be understood is not a god. <!-- p. 283

„Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham, book The Razor's Edge

The Razor's Edge (1943)
Context: Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy.

„Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham

Source: Cakes and Ale: Or, The Skeleton in the Cupboard (1930), p. 140.<!-- Doubleday Doran & Co. -->
Context: Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.

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„There is a sort of man who pays no attention to his good actions, but is tormented by his bad ones. This is the type that most often writes about himself.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham, book The Summing Up

Ch. 4, p. 11 http://books.google.com/books?id=Ma3RAAAAMAAJ&q=%22There+is+a+sort+of+man+who+pays+no+attention+to+his+good+actions+but+is+tormented+by+his+bad+ones+this+is+the+type+that+most+often+writes+about+himself%22&pg=PA11#v=onepage
The Summing Up (1938)

„The poignancy which all beauty has.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham, book The Moon and Sixpence

Source: The Moon and Sixpence (1919), Ch. 23, p. 87

„The Riviera isn't only a sunny place for shady people.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham

Strictly Personal, p. 156 (Doubleday, Doran and co., inc., 1941)

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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