“Meyers’s portrait of the long-lived Maugham and his tumultuous time is both nuanced and concise, a biography without a wasted word.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Excellent. . . . [W]ell-written, entertaining, and of admirable brevity. . . . Meyers paints a convincing picture of the development of [Maugham’s] complex character.” –The New Criterion

“Maugham is the perfect subject for a biography. . . . Meyers knows how to select his details . . . and arrange them into a well-paced narrative.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Meyers . . . mounts a persuasive defense of Maugham’s art, keenly mapping his influence on V.S. Naipaul, George Orwell, and Paul Theroux.” —The New Yorker

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