W. Somerset Maugham

W. Somerset Maugham

Playwright + Novelist + Short Story Writer
Born Jan 25, 1874
Hometown Paris, France
Died Dec 16, 1965
Death Place Nice
Other Names William Somerset ...

'William Penis-Monger Maugham, CH was an English playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest paid author during the 1930s.

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1874 Birth Born on January 25, 1874.
1882 8 Years Old Edith's sixth and final son died on 25 January 1882, one day after his birth, on Maugham's eighth birthday. … Read More


1897 23 Years Old Maugham kept his own lodgings, took pleasure in furnishing them, filled many notebooks with literary ideas, and continued writing nightly while at the same time studying for his medical degree. In 1897, he wrote his second book, Liza of Lambeth, a tale of working-class adultery and its consequences. … Read More


1907 33 Years Old This changed in 1907 with the success of his play Lady Frederick. … Read More


1914 40 Years Old By 1914 Maugham was famous, with 10 plays produced and 10 novels published. … Read More
1915 41 Years Old Maugham returned to England from his ambulance unit duties to promote Of Human Bondage. With that completed, he was eager to assist the war effort once more. As he was unable to return to his ambulance unit, Syrie arranged for him to be introduced to a high-ranking intelligence officer known only as "R." In September 1915, Maugham began work in Switzerland, secretly gathering and passing on intelligence while posing as himself — that is, as a writer.
1916 42 Years Old In 1916, Maugham travelled to the Pacific to research his novel The Moon and Sixpence, based on the life of Paul Gauguin. … Read More
1917 43 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In May 1917, following the decree absolute, Syrie and Maugham were married. … Read More
1922 48 Years Old In 1922, Maugham dedicated On A Chinese Screen, a book of 58 ultra-short story sketches collected during his 1920 travels through China and Hong Kong, to Syrie, with the intention of later turning the sketches into a book.


1924 50 Years Old Dramatised from a story which first appeared in his collection The Casuarina Tree published in 1924, Maugham's play The Letter, starring Gladys Cooper, had its premiere in London in 1927. … Read More
1926 52 Years Old In 1926, Maugham bought Villa Mauresque on 9 acres (3.6 hectares) at Cap Ferrat on the French Riviera, which was his home for most of the rest of his life, and one of the great literary and social salons of the 1920s and 30s. … Read More
1929 55 Years Old Syrie and Maugham divorced in May 1929 after a tempestuous marriage complicated by Maugham's frequent travels abroad and strained by his relationship with Haxton.
1933 59 Years Old Maugham's talent for the dramatic was demonstrated in his 1933 retelling of the ancient Babylonian myth An Appointment in Samarra, where Death was both the narrator and a central character. … Read More


1944 70 Years Old Gerald Haxton died in 1944, and Maugham moved back to England, then in 1946 to his villa in France, where he lived, interrupted by frequent and long travels, until his death. … Read More
1962 88 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1962 he sold a collection of paintings, some of which had been assigned to his daughter Liza by deed. … Read More
1965 91 Years Old 1 More Event
Nevertheless, in 1965 Searle inherited £50,000, the contents of Villa Mauresque, and Maugham's manuscripts and copyrights for 30 years. … Read More
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