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A Good Place To Start

Of Human Bondage 1
The Razor's Edge 1
Catalina 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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editor February 6th, 2006 09:33 AM PST

Maugham is like a gigantic overstuffed sofa of reading pleasure. I started with "Of Human Bondage," his absorbing, memorable and touching bildungsroman, and went on to read much of his other work.

LucyStoner December 29th, 2006 02:51 PM PST

Catalina is just wonderful.
My first was Human Bondage, and I would recommend that also.


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W(illiam) Somerset Maugham, playwright, novelist and short story writer was born of British parents in Paris in 1874. Brought up originally in France, Maugham lost his mother at the age of eight. Two years later his father died of cancer and Maugham the orphan was moved to Kent, where he boarded at King's School, Canterbury. His holidays were spent with an uncle in Whitstable. About this time Maugham developed the stammer which made it difficult for him to make relationships and contributed to his shy and introverted manner.

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