from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Maugham, W(illiam) Somerset 1874-1965. British writer whose short stories, such as "Miss Thompson” (1921), and novels, including Of Human Bondage (1915), illustrate his economy of expression and masterly storytelling.

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  • n. English writer (born in France) of novels and short stories (1874-1965)


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  • Maugham is a much greater writer -- with wide range, broad sympathies, and grace of style and form -- than many critics are willing to admit.

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  • To anyone who happens to come across it and has a shilling to spare I recommend The 1946 MS by Robin Maugham, published by the War Facts Press.

    As I Please

  • After finishing reading I cried big tears towards the end I wanted to find out if Mildred was inspired by a real-life love of Maugham, which is only fair given that the novel is auto-billed as semi-autobiographical.

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  • "Yeah, it goes with 'Maugham's Talent Maxim' … Only a mediocre person is always at his best."

    The Peerless Prognosticator

  • Having recently bought you news of a film not to see (Amazing Grace, scroll down a bit), I can now counter myself by a positive recommendation: The Painted Veil (2006; out on DVD), based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham.


  • Thousands of insects began to buzz; birds trilled; and, as Somerset Maugham put it, you could practically “see the herbage grow before your very eyes.”

    A Covert Affair

  • The denouement of "Ghost-Writer" is, in fact, reminiscent of Somerset Maugham, a no-nonsense writer who had no use for James's involuted ambiguities.

    Her Master's Voice From the Other Side

  • Even Maugham himself has an (unflattering) walk-on part.

    Reader reviews of Honolulu by Alan Brennert.

  • Geoff Dyer is the author of three previous novels, and five nonfiction books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

    Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer: Book summary

  • Circa 1880, Robert Ormond Maugham (one of the founders of the British Law Society), came across the sign during a trip to Morroco.

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