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Somerset Maugham


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William Somerset Maugham (25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) was a British 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.

After losing both his parents by the age of 10, Maugham was raised by a paternal uncle who was emotionally cold. Not wanting to become a lawyer like other men in ... more »

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  • ''Genius is talent provided with ideals. Genius starves while talent wears purple and fine linen. The man of genius of today will in fifty years' time be in most cases no more than a man of talent.''
    Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), British author. A Writer's Notebook, Doubleday (1949).
  • Dostoevsky reminds me of El Greco, and if El Greco seems the greater artist it is perhaps only because the time at which he lived and his environment were more favourable to the full flowering of the ...
    Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), British author. A Writer's Notebook, Doubleday (1949).
  • ''Impropriety is the soul of wit''
    Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), British author. The Moon and Sixpence, ch. 4 (1919).
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