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date: 26 November 2020

Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset Maugham) 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English
Author(s):
Jenny StringerJenny Stringer, John SutherlandJohn Sutherland

(1874–1965),English novelist, short-story writer, and playwright, born in Paris, the sixth and youngest son of the solicitor to the British Embassy. His adored mother died of TB when he was eight years old, and the trauma of the event apparently stayed with him until his own death at the age of 91. Following the death of his father two years later, Maugham was sent to live in Whitstable, Kent with a middle-aged childless uncle and aunt. The sudden uprooting and change of language and lifestyle left the young Maugham lost and miserable, a state which worsened when he was sent to King's School, Canterbury, where his stammer caused him much pain and embarrassment. In ... ...

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