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By Samuel J. Rogal

William Somerset Maugham used to be probably the most well known and profitable British writers of his time. From October 1897, while he accomplished his scientific schooling at St. Thomas's health facility in London, until eventually his loss of life in December 1965, Maugham wrote twenty novels, stuffed 9 volumes along with his brief tales, wrote thirty-one performs, and released seven volumes of prose nonfiction. His writings replicate the tensions of the Boer conflict, global battle I, and global struggle II; the lavishness of the top degrees of British and American society throughout the first six a long time of the 20 th century; the glamor of Hollywood, Paris, ny, San Francisco, and London; and the romance of China, Malaya, Borneo, and India.

This reference publication is a advisor to Maugham's interesting lifestyles and occupation. the amount starts off with a short dialogue of the significance of Maugham's lifestyles and paintings, by means of a close chronology of vital biographical and literary occasions. via a number of hundred alphabetically prepared entries, the encyclopedia overviews Maugham's drama, fiction, and prose nonfiction; his family members; the people 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 historic, cultural, social, and political concerns that ruled his lifestyles and profession. every one access closes with a quick bibliography, and the quantity features a chosen bibliography of serious stories.

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Maugham placed Hardy in the guise of the writer †Edward Driffield, while the actress Sue Jones supposedly served as the model for his wife, †Rosie Driffield. †Alroy Kear, the scheming and self-serving writer and lecturer, represented (on equal supposition) *Hugh Walpole and touched off a series of accusations and denials between Maugham and the English novelist. Set both in Kent and in the Bloomsbury district of Edwardian London, the novel introduces a group of low-level writers whose interests lay with turning a profit rather than in their art.

Discovering himself close to financial ruin, Charles allows himself to go bankrupt rather than to seek the assistance of others. For him, financial ruin means life and liberty. His pretentious wife †Margery and their parasitic teenage children, †Judy and Patrick Battle, realize that Charles is about to abandon them and escape to America; wife and daughter must, for the first time, react to male initiative. In the original production, Ronald Squire played Charles Battle; *Marie Lohr, Margery; Jack Hawkins Patrick; and Peggy Ashcroft, Judy.

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. CHAPLIN, SIR CHARLES SPENCER (1889–1977). The full and formal name of the London-born film actor, director, mime, and producer, Charlie Chaplin. He learned comedy from Fred Karno, and the two went to Hollywood in 1914.

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