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- DescriptionOne of the seminal writers of the twentieth century, W. Somerset Maugham was also a fearless and constant traveler who chronicled his adventures with a rare mix of wit and excitement. In The Skeptical Romancer, acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer selects vignettes of Maugham's wise and vivid prose that track his transformation from a boyish traveler in Spain to a worldly man of letters, looking back on India, China, Russia, and America. Beginning with an early book on Spain and culminating in excerpts from old age, this collection introduces us to Maugham at his most surprising, charming, and prophetic. In piece after piece, one can see the spirit that continues to cast an unrivaled influence over successors from Graham Greene to Paul Theroux, from Jan Morris to V. S. Naipaul.
- Author BiographyW. Somerset Maugham was one of the twentieth century s most popular novelists as well as a celebrated playwright, critic, and short story writer. He was born in Paris but grew up in England and served as a secret agent for the British during World War I. He wrote many novels, including the classics Of Human Bondage, The Razor s Edge, Cakes and Ale, The Painted Veil, The Moon and Sixpence, and Up at the Villa. Pico Iyer is the author of many books about travel, including Video Night in Kathmandu. His most recent book is The Open Road.
- Author(s)W Somerset Maugham
- PublisherVintage Books
- Date of Publication14/02/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectTravel Writing
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintVintage Books
- Weight231 g
- Width132 mm
- Height205 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Edited byPico Iyer
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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