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Random House's office in New York has one floor of conference rooms (14 rooms), all named for RH authors. One of the rooms is named for W. Somerset Maugham. He’s in good company as the others are: Douglas Adams, James Baldwin, Truman Capote, Willa Cather, Joseph Conrad, R...alph Ellison, Katherine Graham, Chester Himes, Langston Hughes, James Joyce, Rudyard Kipling, Louis, L’Amour, and Dr. Seuss. It's great that of the thousands of authors RH publishes – it was Maugham that they chose to honor by naming a room for him.
Maybe we should chip in and purchase it for Waldstein :-)
This auction looks expensive! Do you think they accept bids online? I'd love to see the entire catalog of items for sale.
You've missed my birthday with about three weeks, but there's always Christmas. :-)
Seriously, these people are insane to spend such money on books. Unfortunately, there is no other way in this case - not that I am going to spend this money, even I could afford it.
The Bishop's Apron is often badly neglected - an ex-play, potboiler, etc. - but if John Whitehead himself, a very discriminating critic, thinks it is worthy of reprinting, than it most probably is. Not to mention that Maugham is very adept at satirizing the clergy.
WSM's bequest finds a home...
he University of Chicago Press offers one free ebook from its catalog each month. They pick; you don't. Up to now and perhaps in the future, these all had to be read on the Adobe Digital Editions platform (free but different from Adobe Reader). But this month they are offering the first volume of Anthony Powell's 12-volume very long novel A Dance to the Music of Time in a variety of e-book formats for free. I just downloaded my freebie from Amazon. Oh and for those of you who prefer the physical format, that will be available as well (for the December offering). There's a promo code for the physical book at the bottom of this post, but I don't know if that's specific to me. So please don't use it. But you can go to http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ebooks/free_ebook.html and sign up for your own free account. Here's the message U of C P sent me.
Since you previously requested a free e-book from the University of Chicago Press, we thought you'd like to know about the December free e-book selection. (If you prefer not to hear about future e-books from Chicago, you may unsubscribe below.)
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P.S. Powell isn't to everybody's taste but this is a chance to try him out for free.
Thanks, Dan, for all the auction info. As Waldstein says, a copy of THE BISHOP'S APRON would be great to own and read, as editions are so scarce. It's probably the only Maugham novel I've never seen in print.
I see LibraryThing informs me on the Home page that Somerset Maugham died on Christmas day as well. It is almost true: he died on 16th of December 1965.
But the mistake reminds to commemorate, rather belatedly, 45 years of Maugham's death.
I don't think a Requiem would be appropriate. For one thing, death was a mercy for Willie. For another, we should not grieve that such men die, but rejoice that they have lived.
After a little reflection, I have chosen to commemorate the anniversary with one of the most haunting among Schubert's songs: Der Wanderer, D 493. The beautiful text by Georg Philipp Schmidt von Lübeck, I think, suits Maugham to perfection: the eternal wanderer who could never find a real home and a real happiness wherever he went.
If anybody wants to hear the magnificent performance of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, together with the original text, an English translation and the art of Caspar David Friedrich, he or she may do so here:
RIP, Willie: you are not forgotten!
Of Human Bondage made both lists.
FYI Henry James has two entries on the ML choices, but none on the readers' list
That it is sophomoric, I cheerfully admit. :-)
is a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award
hopefully this willl be changed by the time too many of you read this
I confess I only know of a very few of these authors, but was interested to see that one of my favorites (Ian McEwan) was a winner.
1. ''A Really Nice Story: A Short Tale'', Black & White, Nov. 30, 1901, pp. 768-769.
2. ''The Image of the Virgin: A Short Story'', Black & White, Dec. 14, 1901, pp. 840-842
3. ''The Criminal'', Lloyd's Weekly News, July 31, 1904, p. 14.
I have asked Johndoeqwe for more information and he has been kind enough to offer it. For his detailed explanation, you are invited to visit my talk page on Wikipedia:
Exactly as he says, ''A Really Nice Story'' can be read on the the PapersPast New Zealand website. Apparently the story was published in at least three periodicals in 1902:
At least the last two are quite readable. And the story, so far as I can say, is certainly not among the 112 ones by Maugham that have appeared in book form.
The total number of Maugham's stories, just edited in Wikipedia, is now 115.
I wonder what this movie looks like. Both the title and the blurb seem rather suspicious.
"For the first time, the full story is told of one of literatures most influential and misunderstood Gay Writers..."
Indeed! As long as Maugham is regarded as "Gay Writer", the misunderstanding will continue.
As for the title, what could be more revealing about Mr Maugham than The Summing Up? I can't imagine.
And this is one short excerpt on YT:
I think the actor is great. I remain sceptical about the value of the work itself, as I do about every work that concentrates on the facts of Maugham's life and thus neglects the value of his works.
Both editions are evidently cheap reprints on demand. Be careful. The quality may be dismal. The CreateSpace edition Looks nice Inside, but one never knows.