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Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham, 1952 boxed set

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The Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham in a 2-volume hardcover boxed set published by Doubleday & Company in 1952. Excellent overall condition: lovely gray cloth hardcover, tight spines, clean pages. Attractive aqua box label.

William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) 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. Maugham wrote these stories between 1919 and 1931, after he had begun his extensive travels throughout the South Pacific and Asia.

Maugham's most famous story is "Rain," often read in high school English; a fatal encounter between a self-righteous missionary and a prostitute on a ship in the South Seas that was later made into a Hollywood film starring Joan Crawford.

Many stories concern a suave, brooding WWI secret agent named Ashenden, a successful novelist, clearly created in Maugham's own image, who is tapped by the War Department to make mysterious forays from Switzerland into Germany or France, meeting interesting characters along the way, complex men and women with tragic anecdotes of wartime.

The collection also includes a preface from Maugham in which he examines the craft of short story writing.

A desirable addition to your rare-book library.

Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham, 1952 boxed set


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
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