Seventeen Lost Stories of W. Somerset Maugham

Catching up with my old friend today, Mr. W. Somerset Maugham. His short stories are just as entertaining as his novels. This is a collection of some of his earliest work.



Today I read The Punctiliousness of Don Sebastian. “The duke and his wife, who was not his duchess, lay side by side on a bed of carved alabaster; at the corners were four twisted pillars, covered with little leaves and flowers, and between them bas-reliefs representing Love, and Youth, and Strength, and Pleasure, as if, even in the midst of death, death must be forgotten.”


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4 thoughts on “Seventeen Lost Stories of W. Somerset Maugham

      1. Besides the stories and novels, I’ll never forget his advice to aspiring novelists (like me): “There are three rules for writing a great novel; unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” (I’m paraphrasing, but it’s very close, I’m sure!)

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