By Samuel J. Rogal
William Somerset Maugham used to be essentially the most well known and winning British writers of his time. From October 1897, while he accomplished his clinical schooling at St. Thomas's medical institution in London, until eventually 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 battle, international warfare I, and global conflict II; the lavishness of the top degrees of British and American society in the course of the first six a long time of the twentieth century; the glamor of Hollywood, Paris, ny, San Francisco, and London; and the romance of China, Malaya, Borneo, and India.
This reference ebook is a consultant to Maugham's attention-grabbing existence and profession. the quantity starts with a quick dialogue of the significance of Maugham's existence and paintings, via 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 kinfolk; the individuals whom he knew and with whom he linked; the locations the place he lived and to which he journeyed, fairly the towns and villages that he inserted into his works; and the old, cultural, social, and political concerns that ruled his lifestyles and profession. each one access closes with a short bibliography, and the quantity features a chosen bibliography of serious reviews.
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CORNELL, KATHARINE 29 Constance Middleton’s mother, †Mrs. Culver, carries the banner for tradition. She believes that if a man neglects his wife, the fault lies with the wife. Further, she maintains that women need to hold on to their homes, their names, and their positions, closing their eyes when they uncover something—such as their husbands’ extramarital affairs—that they were not meant to see. For Maugham, daughter Constance represents both a modification of, and a compromise to, her mother’s position.
The World Over; On a Chinese Screen. COOPER, DAME GLADYS CONSTANCE (1888–1971). English actress, born in London, the most popular of her time and noted for her beauty. She married Herbert Buckmaster, a wealthy London socialite, and afterward became comanager (with Frank Curzon) of the Playhouse, London, during 1917–1928, then sole manager from 1928 to 1933. *Maugham first met her in 1908 at the Royalty Theatre, Dean Street, London. She starred in Maugham’s *Home and Beauty (1919, for 235 performances), as †Leslie Crosbie in *The Letter (1927, for 338 performances), in *The Sacred Flame (for eight months until the birth of her child), and as †Kitty Fane in *The Painted Veil (1931).
At the Vanderbilt Theatre, New York, on 13 November 1923, closing after only fifteen performances. It reopened in London at the Playhouse, 31 January 1924, running for seventy-six performances. Violet Kemble Cooper played the lead in New York. The combination of hackneyed and weak plot and trite language proved boring for audiences. That lack of success on the stage has yielded little or no critical attention. The hackneyed plot of the piece spins its tiresome web about the repressive (but sometimes repressed) husband theme, specifically, the humorless and rumbling London barrister †Valentine Lefevre.