By Samuel J. Rogal
William Somerset Maugham used to be some of the most well known and winning British writers of his time. From October 1897, while he accomplished his scientific schooling at St. Thomas's sanatorium in London, till his demise in December 1965, Maugham wrote twenty novels, crammed 9 volumes along with his brief tales, wrote thirty-one performs, and released seven volumes of prose nonfiction. His writings replicate the tensions of the Boer struggle, international conflict I, and international warfare II; the lavishness of the top degrees of British and American society through the first six a long time of the 20 th century; the glamor of Hollywood, Paris, ny, San Francisco, and London; and the romance of China, Malaya, Borneo, and India.
This reference booklet is a advisor to Maugham's attention-grabbing existence and occupation. the amount starts with a quick dialogue of the significance of Maugham's lifestyles and paintings, by way of a close chronology of vital biographical and literary occasions. via numerous hundred alphabetically prepared entries, the encyclopedia overviews Maugham's drama, fiction, and prose nonfiction; his relatives; the individuals whom he knew and with whom he linked; the areas the place he lived and to which he journeyed, quite the towns and villages that he inserted into his works; and the historic, cultural, social, and political concerns that ruled his lifestyles and occupation. each one access closes with a quick bibliography, and the amount incorporates a chosen bibliography of serious reports.
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A short story, most readily accessible in the collection *Creatures of Circumstance (1947). The †Narrator finds himself in the company of the district officer, †Arthur Low, on *Borneo. Low, in turn, relates an incident concerning †Lady Kastellan and her infidelity to her husband through her affair with †Jack Almond—who was once a promising clerk in the Foreign Office but who eventually dies from a combination of tuberculosis, opium, and starvation. Low finds Almond’s body, as well as a bundle of forty to fifty letters and a note that it be delivered to Lady Kastellan.
Low finds Almond’s body, as well as a bundle of forty to fifty letters and a note that it be delivered to Lady Kastellan. The letters, of course, explicate the details of the tryst, complete with †Lord Kastellan’s threats against his wife and Jack. Low delivers the letters to Lady Kastellan and learns that she had, no doubt as the result of pressure from her husband and influential father, steeled her heart; she treats the matter of Jack Almond’s death in a most casual manner. Thus, Almond’s miserable death underscores the tragedy brought about when outside elements, as they will and must, destroy both love and a life.
Sitting in an arcade by the square and having a drink, he spies a †Beggar, but he refuses to give him money. Returning to the arcade following an afternoon siesta, the Narrator sees the same Beggar. Two or three days later, the Narrator suddenly remembers the man; he had seen him in Rome, twenty years earlier, an enormously proud and vain twenty-two-year-old employee of the American Fruit Company in Central America who left his position to become a writer. When the Narrator gives the emaciated Beggar a banknote, the Beggar rolls it into a ball, flicks it to the buzzards, and disappears.