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The Skeptical Romancer: Selected Travel Writing

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W. Somerset Maugham was one of the seminal writers of the twentieth century, and his travel writing has long been considered among his finest work. Now, acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer maps out a masterful tour of these vivid, evocative pieces that are collected here for the first time.

Maugham worked as a secret agent in Russia, published novels in London, staged plays in New York, and traveled throughout Europe, Asia, India, and the United States, chronicling his travels, wherever he went, with exceptional insight. Beginning with “In the Land of the Blessed Virgin” and culminating in “A Partial View,” Iyer selects vignettes of Maughams razor-sharp prose that track his transformation from a boyish traveler in Spain to a worldly man of letters.

This is Maugham at his most keenly observant, direct, and powerful.

Synopsis:

Maugham was one of the seminal writers of the 20th century, and his travel writing has long been considered among his finest work. Now, acclaimed travel writer Iyer maps out a masterful tour of Maugham's vivid, evocative pieces.

About the Author

W. Somerset Maugham, author of such novels as Cakes and Ale and Of Human Bondage, was born in 1874 and died in 1965. His books have sold nearly 40 million copies.

Pico Iyer is the author of many books about travel, including Video Night in Kathmandu. His most recent book is The Open Road.

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             

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307272126
Author:
Maugham, W. Somerset
Publisher:
Everyman's Library
Editor:
Iyer, Pico
Author:
Iyer, Pico
Subject:
General
Subject:
Reference - Guides (General)
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
TRAVEL / General
Series:
Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
8.40x5.24x.82 in. .84 lbs.

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