Collected Short Stories: v. 3
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The third volume of Somerset Maugham's "Collected Short Stories", introduced by the author, contains the celebrated series about Ashenden, a secret service agent in World War I. Based on Maugham's own experiences with the British Intelligence service in Switzerland, the stories are vignettes in which he dramatises both the romance and absurdity of espionage as well as its ruthlessness and brutality. Accountable only to 'R', Ashenden travels all over the Continent on assignments which entangle him with such characters as the traitor Grantley Caypor, the passionate Guilia Lazzari, and the sinister 'hairless Mexican'.show more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 109.22 x 175.26 x 33.02mm | 226.8g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099428857
  • 9780099428855
  • 83,275

About W. Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He spent some time at St. Thomas's Hospital with the idea of practising medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, published in 1897, won him over to letters. Of Human Bondage, the first of his masterpieces, came out in 1915 and with the publication in 1919 of The Moon and Sixpence his reputation as a novelist was established. His fame as a short story writer began with The Trembling of a Leaf, subtitled Little Stories of the South Sea Islands, in 1921, after which he published more than ten collections. In 1927 Somerset Maugham settled in the South of France and lived there until his death in 1965.show more

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"A brilliant entertainer" New York Times "A formidable talent, a formidable sum of talents" Spectator "As clever a craftsman as the cleverest" Observershow more

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'The most persuasive espionage fiction' New York Times The third volume of Somerset Maugham's Collected Short Stories, introduced by the author, contains the celebrated stories about Ashenden, a secret service agent in World War I. Based on Maugham's own experiences with the British Intelligence Service in Switzerland, the stories are vignetts in which he dramatises both the romance and absurdity of espionage as well as its ruthlessness and brutality. Accountable only to 'R', Ashenden travels all over the Continent on assignments which entangle him with such characters as the traitor Grantley Caypor, the passionate Giulia Lazzari, and the sinister 'hairless Mexican'.show more

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