Fri, September 15, 2006 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea rooms, HRC 3.206
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