Collected Short Stories: Volume 4

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Penguin, 1 Μαρ 1993 - 480 σελίδες
This final classic collection reveals Somerset Maugham’s unique talent for exposing and exploring the bitter realities of human relationships in tales of love, infidelity, passion and prejudice. The stories range from “The Lotus Eater” where a man envisions a life of bliss in the Mediterranean, to the astringent tales of “The Outstation” and “The Back of Beyond” in Malaya and South East Asia.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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PREFACE
THE BOOKBAG
1
FRENCH JOE
34
GERMAN HARRY
38
THE FOUR DUTCHMEN
42
THE BACK OF BEYOND
48
P O
78
EPISODE
107
WINTER CRUISE
231
MABEL
248
MASTERSON
252
PRINCESS SEPTEMBER
261
A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE
269
MIRAGE
281
THE LETTER
299
THE OUTSTATION
330

THE KITE
126
A WOMAN OF FIFTY
148
MAYHEW
165
THE LOTUS EATER
168
SALVATORE
182
THE WASHTUB
186
A MAN WITH A CONSCIENCE
194
AN OFFICIAL POSITION
213
THE PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN
358
RAW MATERIAL
363
STRAIGHT FLUSH
366
THE END OF THE FLIGHT
372
A CASUAL AFFAIR
377
RED
396
NEIL MACADAM
415
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W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He afterwards walked the wards of St. Thomas's Hospital with a view to practice in medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), won him over to letters. Something of his hospital experience is reflected, however, in the first of his masterpieces, Of Human Bondage (1915), and with The Moon and Sixpence (1919) his reputation as a novelist was assured.

His position as one of the most successful playwrights on the London stage was being consolidated simultaneously. His first play, A Man of Honour (1903), was followed by a procession of successes just before and after the First World War. (At one point only Bernard Shaw had more plays running at the same time in London.) His theatre career ended with Sheppey (1933). His fame as a short-story writer began with The Trembling of a Leaf, sub-titled Little Stories of the South Sea Islands, in 1921, after which he published more than ten collections.

W. Somerset Maugham's general books are fewer in number. They include travel books, such as On a Chinese Screen (1922) and Don Fernando (1935), essays, criticism, and the self-revealing The Summing Up (1938) and A Writer's Notebook (1949). He became a Companion of Honour in 1954.   

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