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Cakes And Ale; Or The Skeleton In The Cupboard

Cakes And Ale; Or The Skeleton In The Cupboard

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Cakes And Ale; Or The Skeleton In The Cupboard

by Maugham, W. Somerset

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Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc, 1930. First Edition, First Printing. Cloth. Near fine/very good. Signed first edition of Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham.. Octavo, 308pp. Black cloth, title in gilt on spine and front cover. Stated "First Edition" on copyright page. Solid text block, bumped corners and edges, a near fine example. In the publisher's dust jacket, $2.00 retail price on front flap, tape repairs to verso, soiling to edges and spine, a very good example. Signed by the author on half-title, "For H.L. Barlow / Thanking him for wishing me to write my name in my favorite book. W. Somerset Maugham." William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was an English writer with a myriad of plays and novels published by the start of his popular success in 1914. He served in World War I as a member of the British Red Cross driving ambulances, and he wrote his best-known piece Of Human Bondage (1915) in his spare time. In 1950, when the Modern Library's edition of Cakes and Ale was published, Maugham wrote "I am willing enough to agree with common opinion that Of Human Bondage is my best work ... But the book I like best is Cakes and Ale ... because in its pages lives for me again the woman with the lovely smile who was the model for Rosie Driffield.


W. Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He afterwards walked the wards of St. Thomas's Hospital with a view to practice in medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), won him over to letters. Something of his hospital experience is reflected, however, in the first of his masterpieces, Of Human Bondage (1915), and with The Moon and Sixpence (1919) his reputation as a novelist was assured. His position as one of the most successful playwrights on the London stage was being consolidated simultaneously. His first play, A Man of Honour (1903), was followed by a procession of successes just before and after the First World War. (At one point only Bernard Shaw had more plays running at the same time in London.) His theatre career ended with Sheppey (1933). His fame as a short-story writer began with The Trembling of a Leaf , sub-titled Little Stories of the South Sea Islands , in 1921, after which he published more than ten collections. W. Somerset Maugham's general books are fewer in number. They include travel books, such as On a Chinese Screen (1922) and Don Fernando (1935), essays, criticism, and the self-revealing The Summing Up (1938) and A Writer's Notebook (1949). W. Somerset Maugham became a Companion of Honour in 1954. He died in 1965.


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Signed first edition of Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham.
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