By Samuel J. Rogal
William Somerset Maugham was once essentially the most renowned and winning British writers of his time. From October 1897, whilst he accomplished his scientific schooling at St. Thomas's clinic in London, until eventually his loss of life in December 1965, Maugham wrote twenty novels, stuffed 9 volumes together with his brief tales, wrote thirty-one performs, and released seven volumes of prose nonfiction. His writings mirror the tensions of the Boer battle, global warfare I, and global warfare II; the lavishness of the top degrees of British and American society throughout the first six a long time of the twentieth century; the glamor of Hollywood, Paris, long island, San Francisco, and London; and the romance of China, Malaya, Borneo, and India.
This reference booklet is a advisor to Maugham's attention-grabbing lifestyles and profession. the amount starts with a quick dialogue of the significance of Maugham's existence and paintings, by way of a close chronology of significant biographical and literary occasions. via numerous hundred alphabetically prepared entries, the encyclopedia overviews Maugham's drama, fiction, and prose nonfiction; his family members; the folks whom he knew and with whom he linked; the locations the place he lived and to which he journeyed, quite the towns and villages that he inserted into his works; and the ancient, cultural, social, and political concerns that ruled his lifestyles and occupation. each one access closes with a quick bibliography, and the quantity contains a chosen bibliography of serious stories.
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Channon and *Maugham could well have met as early as 1926, when both served as volunteer special constables during the coal strike of May 1926. They most certainly met in London at a luncheon hosted by Emerald Cunard in 1935. However, they were never particularly close friends. There have always been CHIARELLI, LUIGI 21 strong suggestions and parallels to indicate that Maugham based at least parts of the character of †Elliott Templeton in *The Razor’s Edge (1944) on Channon. Bibliography: Calder, (1972/1973); Morgan; Who Was Who.
Low finds Almond’s body, as well as a bundle of forty to fifty letters and a note that it be delivered to Lady Kastellan. The letters, of course, explicate the details of the tryst, complete with †Lord Kastellan’s threats against his wife and Jack. Low delivers the letters to Lady Kastellan and learns that she had, no doubt as the result of pressure from her husband and influential father, steeled her heart; she treats the matter of Jack Almond’s death in a most casual manner. Thus, Almond’s miserable death underscores the tragedy brought about when outside elements, as they will and must, destroy both love and a life.
She rekindles memories of Convers’ first love, †Charmian Pelter (later changed to Pelletier), a beautiful operatic singer who scaled the heights of fame but, at the same time, squandered her talent, turned to drink and descended as rapidly as she had risen. In the end, at age forty-three, she is found in Toulon harbor, with a knife in her back. The story really presents a contrast between Charmian and Blanche: the former threw her life away but, in the end, felt the fling had been worth it all; the latter chose the virtuous path, married Andrew, and buried her talent.
A William Somerset Maugham Encyclopedia by Samuel J. Rogal