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At the height of his fame, Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was the most famous English writer in the world. His plays, novels, and short stories were translated into almost every known language. To his millions of readers he became synonymous with a particular type of Englishness: courteous, conventional, and urbane. He seemed to be the quintessential English gentleman. It was an image that Maugham took care to foster.

Yet in many respects Maugham's personality was a pastiche, effect

Fri, September 15, 2006 | Tom Lea rooms, HRC 3.206

3:00 PM

After a happy student life at St. Hugh's College, Oxford, Lady Selina worked as assistant literary editor at the Daily Telegraph (1968-1982) and then as literary editor of Harpers and Queen (1987-1995). She has written three biographies, Nancy Mitford (1985), Evelyn Waugh, (1994), and Rosamond Lehmann (2002). She is a regular reviewer for the Sunday Telegraph and the Times Literary Supplement.

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