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William Somerset Maugham The Vessel of Wrath
Dátum pridania: 12.12.2001 Oznámkuj: 12345
Autor referátu: misoli
Jazyk: Angličtina Počet slov: 2 293
Referát vhodný pre: Stredná odborná škola Počet A4: 6.5
Priemerná známka: 2.95 Rýchle čítanie: 10m 50s
Pomalé čítanie: 16m 15s
1. Author’s name: William Somerset Maugham
2. Notes on the author, his life and time:
British novelist, playwright, short-story writer, highest paid author in the world in the 1930s. Despite his popularity, Maugham did not gain serious recognition. Maugham's skill in handling plot has been compared by critics in the manner of Guy de Maupassant. In many novels the surroundings are international and the stories are told in clear, economical style with cynical or resigned undertone. W. Somerset Maugham was born in Paris as the sixth and youngest son of the solicitor to the British embassy. He learned French as his native tongue. At the age of 10 Maugham was orphaned and sent to England to live with his uncle.Educated at King's School, Canterbury, and Heidelberg University, Maugham then studied six years medicine in London. He qualified in 1897 as doctor from St. Thomas' medical school but abandoned medicine after the success of his first novels and plays. Maugham lived in Paris for ten years as a struggling young author. Disguising as a reporter, Maugham worked for British Intelligence in Russia during the Russian Revolution in 1917, but his stuttering and poor health hindered his career in this field. He then set off with a friend on a series of travels to eastern Asia, the Pacific Islands and Mexico. In the 1928 he settled in Cape Ferrat in France. His plays were performed in Europe and in the United States. A number of Maugham's short stories have been filmed. As an agent and writer Maugham was a link in a long tradition from Christopher Marlowe, Ben Johnson and Daniel Defoe to the modern day writers Graham Greene, John Le Carré, John Dickson Carr, Alec Waugh and Ted Allbeury. It is said that the modern spy story began with Maugham's ASHENDEN; OR THE BRIRISH AGENT (1928). It was partly based on the author's own experiences in the secret service. Maugham believed that there is a true harmony in the contradictions of mankind and that the the normal is in reality the abnormal. Although he became world famous he was never knighted and his relationship with Gerald Haxton, his secretary, have been subject to speculations. Maugham died in Nice on December 16, 1965. It is said that as he lay dying he asked Sir Alfred Ayer visit him and reassure him that there was no life after death.
3. Title: The vessel of wrath
4. Published by:
Number of pages: 33, paperback
Part of series of matching novels: no
5. Genre:
short story
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