W Somerset Maugham

W Somerset Maugham

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A very good 1949 autograph book page clearly signed in ink by W Somerset Maugham.

Double mounted for fine display with photograph.


CERTIFICATION ; From the extensive autograph collection of Edna Winter of London SE16. Thought to have been an obsessive collector and hoarder, Edna amassed a massive collection of Entertainment / Film / Political and Literary autographs during the 1940-50s. She kept a detailed diary of who / when and where she obtained her autographs from ; it would appear mostly by writing to theatres / home addresses and the major A-list London hotels of the period. It is unknown how she knew which celebrity was staying where and at what time, but almost all autographs (very usefully) have venues and dates included with them ; some are also dedicated to her. Savoy Hotel 2nd October 1952. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.


18x12in >> Acid Free Mount >> Unframed


About W Somerset Maugham

W Somerset Maugham

WILLIAM SOMERSET MAUGHAM autograph d1965. British playwright, novelist and short story writer. Despite a difficult childhood he rose to become one of the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest paid author of the 1930s. His most notable works include ; Of Human Bondage / The Letter / Rain and The Razors Edge. After losing both his parents by the age of 10, Maugham was raised by a paternal uncle who was emotionally cold. Not wanting to become an attorney like the other men in his family, he eventually trained and qualified as a doctor ; but the first run of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897) sold out so rapidly that he gave up medicine to write full time. In later life his commercial success with high book sales, successful theatre productions and a string of film adaptations backed by astute stock market investments ; allowed him to live a very comfortable life. Yet despite many triumphs, he never attracted the highest respect from the critics or his peers. He attributed this to his lack of "lyrical quality", his small vocabulary and failure to make expert use of metaphor in his work. He died aged 91 in 1965.


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