W. Somerset Maugham

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W. Somerset Maugham AKA Dr. William Somerset Maugham

England 1874 – 1965

Comments: Novelist; Playwright; gay, in the closet;

Teachers: Spinoza; Paul Gauguin. painter; Sir William Wiseman of MI6 Intelligence Service; Thomas Hardy ; Hugh Walpole; Jules Renard;

Students: Ian Fleming; Anthony Burgess; George Orwell AKA Eric Arthur Blair ;

Friends: John Ellingham Brooks, lover; John Dos Passos ; E. E. Cummings; Frederick Gerald Haxton, lover; Syrie Wellcome, female lover; Alan Searle, lover; William Faulkner; Thomas Mann; James Joyce; Virginia Woolf ;

Enemies: Aleister Crowley;

Organizations: British Red Cross; "Literary Ambulance Drivers"; British Intelligence ; Villa Mauresque on the French Riviera;

Author: Liza of Lambeth,, 1897; play Lady Frederick; The Magician (1907),which was a slightly veiled criticism of Aleister Crowley; Of Human Bondage (1915); The Moon and Sixpence; An Appointment in Samarra, 1933, a retelling of the ancient Babylonian myth; The Razor's Edge; The Gentleman in the Parlour;

Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Somerset_Maugham; read him here: http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/m#a126 ; or listen here - http://librivox.org/author/73, includes The Magician;