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Dec 05, 2000
| ISBN 9780375725029
Feb 08, 2012
| ISBN 9780307816177
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Dec 05, 2000 | ISBN 9780375725029
Feb 08, 2012 | ISBN 9780307816177
Cakes and Ale is a delicious satire of London literary society between the Wars. Social climber Alroy Kear is flattered when he is selected by Edward Driffield’s wife to pen the official biography of her lionized novelist husband, and determined to write a bestseller. But then Kear discovers the great novelist’s voluptuous muse (and unlikely first wife), Rosie. The lively, loving heroine once gave Driffield enough material to last a lifetime, but now her memory casts an embarrissing shadow over his career and respectable image. Wise, witty, deeply satisfying, Cakes and Ale is Maugham at his best.
W. Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He trained as a doctor in London, where he started writing his first novels. In 1926 he bought a house in Cap Ferrat, France, which was to become a meeting place… More about W. Somerset Maugham
"[Maugham] is a master for creating the appetite for information, of withholding it until the right moment, and then providing it surprisingly." –Evelyn Waugh"Maugham is a catty delight." —The Boston Globe
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