W. Somerset Maugham "The Razor's Edge" 1945 Book Signed Autograph
W. Somerset Maugham-"The Razor's Edge"-1945-Blakiston-5" X 8"-245 pages-Hardcover Book-With Jacket-Signed By Author.W. Somerset Maugham was a prolific and popular writer of plays, novels and short stories during the first six decades of the 20th century. His passionate semi-autobiographical novel Of Human Bondage (1915) is probably his most famous work. Somerset Maugham's parents both died before he turned 11, and he was raised by his uncle, the Vicar of Kent. At age 16 he traveled to Germany to study, and upon his return to Britain he studied to become a doctor. His experiences as an intern in the London slums led him to write Liza of Lambeth (1897). The novel was a success and Maugham quickly traded the surgeon's knife for the writer's pen. Maugham wrote criticism and essays as well as plays and novels, and he soon became one of Britain's most popular authors; in 1908 he had four plays running simultaneously on London stages. Novels like The Magician (1908), The Moon and Sixpence (1919, based on the life of painter Paul Gauguin) and Cakes and Ale (1930) were popular hits and (mostly) critically respected. In 1928, Maugham moved permanently to the luxurious Villa Mauresque on Cap Ferrat in the south of France. In the second half of his career, Maugham became known as a master of the short story. He travelled extensively and based many of his tales in exotic locales, particularly the South Seas. "Rain," the tale of a straitlaced missionary who becomes obsessed with reforming a prostitute, is probably his best-known short story. Among his many other books are the novel The Razor's Edge (1944) and the essay collection A Writer's Notebook (1949). The book has been autographed on the title page by Somerset Maugham with a fountain pen in black...............BOTH BOOK AND AUTOGRAPH ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.JACKET HAS A LITTLE WEAR..