Mr Maugham Himself Author:W. Somerset Maugham Few authors have so completely revealed themselves in their writings as has WSM. In practically everything he has written there is interjected some intensely personal element which offers sometimes a glimpse, sometimes a searching look into the vast intellect and diffuse personality of the writer. — this "new" [in 1954] anthology has been put tog... more »ether from those essays, stories, and books which seem to tell the most about the man who has written them. The first selection is the complete text of Maugham's most popular novel, Of Human Bondage. This is followed by his candid and sparkling essay, Some Novelists I have Known. Next comes Mr. Harrington's Washing and The Book Bag, two of his skillfully fashioned short stories. Following is the brilliant essay, El Greco. And rounding out the anthology are two of Maugham's major works which are, perhaps, the most personal things he has written: The Summing Up, hitherto available in this complete version only in a limited edition, and a sampling from A Writer's Notebook.
The Introduction by John Beecroft provides a stimulating point of departure as the reader sets out on his visit with Mr. Maugham Himself.« less