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The author of the book: W. Somerset Maugham
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Date of issue: 1971
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Some years ago I posted a query on a Yahoo website wondering if I should read “Tom Jones” by Henry Fielding and why. Two messages arrived and encouraged me to have a go with it but it’s a pity I was too busy then so I gave up the idea. That was a long time before I came across and decided to read a former brownish copy of “Ten Novels and Their Authors” by W. Somerset Maugham before switching to this one due to its larger fonts. Obviously, if I had read this inspiringly informative book, I wouldn’t have had such a shaky decision since I have enjoyed reading his three-part chapter on the obscure novel by means of Mr Fielding’s brief, in-depth biography followed by his literary analysis I’ve never read before.
Therefore, this surprisingly readable book first published in 1954 should be highly recommended as an essential introduction to those interested in/keen on reading one of “the ten best novels in the world” (p. 1) according to his opinion. A simple reason is that Mr Maugham’s writing style would delight his readers, that is, we can find reading his narrative and witty criticisms worth spending our time and so enjoyable that it’s like he’s kindly imparting his knowledge/understanding, good-humoredly, without preaching us to believe what he’s said. As for ‘The Art of Fiction’, this 3-section first chapter should be read as our foundation because we can gain more understanding and useful applications in reading this pleasing genre as affirmed by himself, that is, “The aim of the writer of fiction is not to instruct, but to please.” (p. 9) as we can see from these illuminating excerpts:
In a brief commentary to accompany the list of books I made for Redbook, I wrote: ‘The wise reader will get the greatest enjoyment out of reading them if he learns the useful art of skipping.’ A sensible person does not read a novel as a task. He reads it as a diversion. … (p. 2)
Everybody skips, but to skip without loss is not easy. It may be, for all I know, a gift of nature, or it may be something that has to be acquired by experience. Dr. Johnson skipped ferociously, … Boswell was doubtless referring to books of information or of edification; if it is a labour to read a novel it is better not to read it at all. … (p. 3)
In the chapters that follow I have given in each case some account of the life and character of the author I am writing about. This I have done to please myself, but also for the reader’s sake, since I think that to know what sort of a person the author was adds to one’s understanding and appreciation of his work. … (p. 20)
I think its Contents below would help you see the whole scope and decide if you want to read any chapter you prefer.
1 The Art of Fiction
2 Henry Fielding and Tom Jones
3 Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice
4 Stendhal and Le Rouge et le Noir
5 Balzac and Le Pere Goriot
6 Charles Dickens and David Copperfield
7 Flaubert and Madame Bovary
8 Herman Melville and Moby Dick
9 Emily Bronte and Wuthering Heights
10 Dostoevsky and The Brothers Karamazov
11 Tolstoy and War and Peace
12 In Conclusion
In brief, this book is still essential to general readers interested in acquiring background information on his ten selected classics as well as to students keen on having in-depth knowledge on the ten authors' literary lives with each title's inspiring analysis they can't find anywhere. This seemingly academic paperback has long since been unique and worth reading in the past, at present and in the years to come.
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Read information about the authorWilliam Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style.
His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage, Maugham became a qualified physician. But writing was his true vocation. For ten years before his first success, he almost literally starved while pouring out novels and plays.
Maugham wrote at a time when experimental modernist literature such as that of William Faulkner, Thomas Mann, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf was gaining increasing popularity and winning critical acclaim. In this context, his plain prose style was criticized as 'such a tissue of clichés' that one's wonder is finally aroused at the writer's ability to assemble so many and at his unfailing inability to put anything in an individual way.
During World War I, Maugham worked for the British Secret Service . He travelled all over the world, and made many visits to America. After World War II, Maugham made his home in south of France and continued to move between England and Nice till his death in 1965.
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