Edward Craddock is a thoroughly good man. He may lack his wife Bertha s education, but he is unfailingly good-humored, handsome, placid, and popular. It is hardly surprising that Bertha adores him. But expending all one s passion, all one s spirit, on a man who is so undemonstrative, so unimaginative, can be very trying, as Bertha soon discovers.
In this penetrating study of an unequal marriage, W. Somerset Maugham explores the nature of love and happiness and finds that the two rarely coincide.
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- 05 Feb 2008
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About W. Somerset Maugham
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 withSheppey(1933).His fame as a short-story writer began withThe Trembling of a Leaf, sub-titledLittle 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 asOn a Chinese Screen(1922) andDon Fernando(1935), essays, criticism, and the self-revealingThe Summing Up(1938) andA Writer's Notebook(1949).He became a Companion of Honour in 1954.
Robert Calder is professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan.