W. Somerset Maugham

W. Somerset Maugham

Playwright + Novelist + Short Story Writer
Born Jan 25, 1874

'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 - 1915 2 More Events
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 Wellcome and Maugham were married. … Read More
1920 46 Years Old This was a collection of 58 ultra-short story sketches, which he had written during his 1920 travels through China and Hong Kong, intending to expand the sketches later as a book.


1927 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Dramatised from a story first published in his collection The Casuarina Tree (1924), Maugham's play The Letter, starring Gladys Cooper, had its premiere in London in 1927.
1928 54 Years Old Maugham began a relationship with Alan Searle, whom he had first met in 1928. … Read More
1929 55 Years Old The marriage was unhappy, and Syrie divorced him in 1929, finding his relationship and travels with Haxton too difficult to live with.


1940 - 1944 2 More Events
1946 72 Years Old In 1946 he returned to his villa in France, where he lived, interrupted by frequent and long travels, until his death.
1948 74 Years Old 1 More Event
Maugham's public view of his abilities remained modest. Toward the end of his career he described himself as "in the very first row of the second-raters". In 1948 he wrote "Great Novelists and Their Novels" in which he listed the ten best novels of world literature in his view.
1951 77 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1951, Cornell was a great success playing the lead in his comedy, The Constant Wife.
1954 80 Years Old In 1954, he was made a Companion of Honour.
1962 88 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1962 Maugham sold a collection of paintings, some of which had already been assigned to his daughter Liza by deed. … Read More
1965 91 Years Old 1 More Event
But, in 1965 Searle inherited £50,000, the contents of the Villa La Mauresque, Maugham's manuscripts and his revenue from copyrights for 30 years. … Read More
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