Somerset Maugham

Somerset Maugham by Cecil Beaton

W. Somerset Maugham ( 25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) Paris born British author playwright

W. Somerset Maugham at his desk at the Villa Mauresque, Cap Ferrat, 1939.

Somerset Maugham

Writer Somerset Maugham and friend

Herman Melville (1819 – 1891) was an American novelist, poet, and writer of short stories. His contributions to the Western canon are the whaling novel Moby-Dick (1851); the short work Bartleby, the Scrivener (1853) about a clerk in a Wall Street office; the slave ship narrative Benito Cereno (1855); and Billy Budd, Sailor (1924).

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, née Stevenson (29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often referred to simply as Mrs Gaskell, was a British novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature. Gaskell was also the first to write a biography of Charlotte Bronte, The Life of Charlotte Bronte, which was published in 185...

British author Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965) at Cap Ferrat, France, 1963. Image by Slim Aarons

Nathaniel Hawthorne ~ July 4, 1804 - May 19, 1864 was an American novelist and short story writer. He was born in Salem, Massachusetts. His ancestor, John Hathorne, was the judge involved in the Salem Witch Trials.

Dame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning DBE (1907-1989), British author and playwright. Many of her works have been adapted into films, including Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and the short stories "The Birds" and "Don't Look Now". The first three were directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Her elder sister was the writer Angela du Maurier. Her father was the actor Gerald du Maurier. Her grandfather was the writer and Punch cartoonist George du Maurier, who created the character Svengali in the novel "Trilby".

"To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of life's miseries" – W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1975)

Victoria Holt aka Eleanor Hibbert (1 September 1906 – 18 January 1993)

British author H. G. Wells' 1895 novel The Time Machine is an early example of time travel in modern fiction.

W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge

♥ William Wilkie Collins, He is another wonderful author, and was a close friend of Charles Dickens.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish author, fairy tale writer, and poet noted for his children's stories. These include "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," "The Snow Queen," "The Little Mermaid," "Thumbelina," "The Little Match Girl," and "The Ugly Duckling." His poetry and stories have been translated into more than 150 languages. They have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets, and animated films.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904), was a Russian physician, dramaturge and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. His career as a dramatist produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov practised as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress".

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