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MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : THE MAKING OF A SAINT.
London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1898. First British edition. Maugham’s second book – Italy in the late fifteenth century – assassinations, conspiracies, and a gentleman swordsman becomes a saint. Loosely inserted is a signed, typed letter on Dorchester Hotel notepaper, dated 18th October 1951, from Maugham to a Mr. Sephton, “I don’t know what to suggest. I am afraid you won’t find France much better than England at the moment ... The English colony on the Riviera at the present time is very small and very poor ...”. Alexander Rhodes Sephton (1920-1973) was in turns civil servant, wartime commando, and teacher in Benghazi, Kuala Lumpur and elsewhere.
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MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : THE MOON AND SIXPENCE : A NOVEL.
London : William Heinemann, 1919. First edition : with the integral advertisements announcing Heinemann’s new novels for 1919. Renegade stockbroker turned artist in London, Paris and Tahiti – Maugham’s celebrated Gauguinesque tale.
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : THE CASUARINA TREE : SIX STORIES.
London : William Heinemann, (1926). First edition. Six short stories set in the Far East – “Before the Party”, “P. & O.”, “The Outstation”, “The Force of Circumstance”, “The Yellow Streak”, and “The Letter”, together with an introduction and a postscript. One of Maugham’s finest collections, notable in particular for “The Letter”, adapted for the stage by Maugham himself and the basis of the famous Academy Award winning William Wyler 1940 film, starring Bette Davis.
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