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Publisher: Vintage Classics
# of Pages: 242
Pub. Date: 2001
Limited Quantities - Out of Print
About the Book:
For much of his long life — he lived
to be over ninety — W. Somerset Maugham was the most famous
writer in the world. His plays, short stories and novels sold in
their millions; his work on stage, page and screen drew huge
audiences. He remains the English writer most adapted for film and
television. His novel Theatre is the basis of Being
Julia, a major worldwide movie released in 2004 starring Annette
Benning and Jeremy Irons.
set in the pre-World War II era, when W. Somerset Maugham
and Noel Coward ruled the London stage. Julia Lambert is in her
prime, the greatest actress in England. On stage she is a true
professional, in full possession of her emotions. Off stage, however,
she is bored with her husband, less disciplined about her behaviour.
She is at first amused by the attentions of a shy but ambitious young
fan, then thrilled by his persistence — and at last wildly but
dangerously in love.
Although W. Somerset Maugham is most celebrated as a
novelist and short-story writer, it was as a playwright that he first
knew success. His novel Theatre is both a tribute to a world
from which he had retired and a persuasive testimony to his
enthusiasm for drama and the stage.
What people say:
The sheer, unmatched skill with which Mr. Maugham has told his tale
would fill any novelist with envy." — Chicago
modern writer who has influenced me the most."
— George Orwell
About the Author:
W. Somerset Maugham
(1874-1965) was an English playwright, novelist and short story
writer. He was famous as a dramatist before he was known everywhere
for his superb short stories and for his novels, the immensely
acclaimed, Of Human Bondage, becoming one of the most widely
read works of fiction of the twentieth century. At
his peak, four of his plays were playing in London's West End at the
same time, a feat that would be unheard of today. His witty,
intelligent and politically minded work competed with his
contemporary Noel Coward, and was in the tradition of Oscar Wilde and
George Bernard Shaw.