The Skeptical Romancer

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Vintage | Feb 14, 2012 | 272 Pages | ISBN 9780307947635

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Praise

“Maugham is a great artist. . . . A genius.” —Theodore Dreiser
 
“An expert craftsman. . . . His style is sharp, quick, subdued, casual.” —The New York Times
 
“Maugham has given infinite pleasure and left us a splendour of writing which will remain for as long as the written English word is permitted to exist.” —The Daily Telegraph
 
“The modern writer who has influenced me most is Somerset Maugham.” —George Orwell
 
“Maugham remains the consummate craftsman. . . . [His prose is] so compact, so economical, so closely motivated, so skillfully written, that it rivets attention from the first page to last.” —The Saturday Review of Literature
 
“It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham. . . . He was always so entirely there.” —Gore Vidal

Table Of Contents

Introduction by Pico Iyer
Select Bibliography
Chronology


A Very Young Traveller in Spain (from The Land of the Blessed Virgin)

The Spirit of Andalusia        
The Churches of Ronda        
The Mosque at Cordova        
The Court of Oranges         
Seville              
The Giralda            
Gaol              
Corrida de Toros          
Wind and Storm          
Jerez              
Cadiz              
Adios              

Sketches of China (from On a Chinese Screen)
My Lady’s Parlour          
The Cabinet Minister         
Dinner Parties: Legation Quarter      
The Inn             
Her Britannic Majesty’s Representative    
The Last Chance          
Henderson            
Romance            
The Song of the River         
The Stranger            
The Philosopher          
The Missionary Lady          
The Plain            
A Student of the Drama        
A City Built on a Rock         

Across Southeast Asia (from The Gentleman in the Parlour)
Pagan              
Mandalay            
The Nuns at Mengon         
On the Trail            
The Salween            
The Market            
Keng Tung            
The Solitary            
Siam              
Bangkok             
Buddha             
The Fever            
Angkor             
A Last Day in Angkor         
Saigon and Tourane          
Hue¨              
A Night on the River          
A Classmate in Haiphong        

A Life in Retrospect (from The Partial View, comprising The Summing Up and A Writer’s Notebook)
Early Travels            
Mobility             
Capri              
At War             
Hawaii              
The Missionary and Miss Thompson     
A Castaway            
Tahiti              
Russia              
The Nevsky Prospekt          
Opium Dream           
The Sultan            
A Dream            
India              
Benares             
The Taj             
Madura             
In Texas

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