Saturday, January 26, 2013
We went to a book talk at a local bookstore (D.G. Wills) here where Robert Lorin Calder, a Canadian historian, regaled us with stories about Somerset Maugham, and stories about getting his biography published. WILLIE: THE LIFE OF W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM was published in 1989. Some of his most interesting anecdotes concerned Maugham's work for the secret service, which Maugham used in ASHENDEN. Professor Calder is now embarked on a study of how the many film and TV shows made from his work fared. There were as many as ninety although many are lost.
Mr. Willis has his own you tube channel where he has films of many of his past guests. http://www.youtube.com/user/DGWillsBooks
Growing up, Maugham was one of my favorite writers. I think I read most of his major novels and loved his book on writing THE SUMMING UP. It is hard to believe a writer of his caliber is read no more but I fear he is not.
Any Maugham fans out here?