W. Somerset Maugham bibliography

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The following is a bibliography of the works of W. Somerset Maugham, one of the most prolific and popular English writers of the 20th century. Unless otherwise noted, all information comes from Raymond Toole Stott, A bibliography of the works of W. Somerset Maugham (1973)[1] or the cited editions themselves.

Novels[edit]

Liza of Lambeth (1897)

  • T. Fisher Unwin, 1897. First Edition.
  • Doran, 1921. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1930. Travellers' Library Edition. New 6pp Preface.
  • Heinemann, 1934. The Collected Edition. New 21pp preface, expanded from the previous one.
  • Heinemann, 1947. Jubilee Edition of 1000 copies signed by Maugham.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Contains the full 1934 preface.

The Making of a Saint (1898)

  • L.C.Page, 1898. First Edition.
  • T. Fisher Unwin, 1898. First English Edition.
  • Kessinger Publishing, 2008. Reprint of an illustrated American edition from 1922.

The Hero (1901)

  • Hutchinson, 1901. First Edition.
  • Kessinger Publishing, 2000. Reprint of the First Edition.
  • Norilana Books, 2008.

Mrs Craddock (1902)

  • Heinemann, 1902. First Edition. Censored.
  • Doran, 1920. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1928. Restored and Revised Edition. New Preface.[2]
  • Heinemann, 1937. The Collected Edition. Revisions and Preface from 1928.
  • Heinemann, 1955. New Preface. Revisions from 1928.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Revisions from 1928. Preface from 1955.

The Merry-go-round (1904)

  • Heinemann, 1904. First Edition.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000.

The Bishop's Apron (1906)

  • Chapman and Hall, 1906. First Edition.

The Explorer (1908)

  • Heinemann, 1908. First Edition.
  • Baker & Taylor, 1909. First American Edition.
  • Heron, 1969. Together with The Land of the Blessed Virgin (1905).
  • Aegipian Press, 2000.

The Magician (1908)

  • Heinemann, 1908. First Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1956. The Collected Edition. New A Fragment of Autobiography as a preface.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Contains A Fragment of Autobiography.

Of Human Bondage (1915)

  • George H. Doran, 1915. First Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1915. First English Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1934. New Edition (reset). Contains new introduction titled Instead of a Preface featuring a Letter from a 16 years old Admirer and a Frontispiece portrait of the Author by Gerald Kelly.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1936. First Illustrated Edition. New 3pp Foreword. Illustrated by Randolph Schwabe. Deluxe edition of 751 copies signed by the author and the illustrator. Later reprinted as a cheap edition. Never published in England.
  • Heinemann, 1937. The Collected Edition. Contains the 1934 Instead of a Preface.
  • Pocket books, 1950. Abridged and with New Introduction by the author.
  • Modern Library, 1999. Contains the 1936 Foreword. Introduction by Gore Vidal. Commentaries by Theodore Dreiser and Graham Greene.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Contains the 1936 Foreword.

The Moon and Sixpence (1919)

  • Heinemann, 1919. First Edition.
  • George H. Doran, 1919. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1935. The Collected Edition. New 4pp Preface.
  • Vintage Classics, 1999. Contains no preface.

The Painted Veil (1925)

  • George H. Doran, 1925. First Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1925. First English Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1934. The Collected Edition. New 5pp Preface.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Contains the 1934 Preface.

Cakes and Ale: or, the Skeleton in the Cupboard (1930)

  • Heinemann, 1930. First Edition.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1930. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1934. The Collected Edition. New 6pp Preface.
  • Modern Library, 1950. New Preface, somewhat similar to the part dealing with the novel in the preface to Vol. 1 of The Selected Novels
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Contains the 1934 Preface.

The Narrow Corner (1932)

  • Heinemann, 1932. First Edition.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1932. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1934. The Collected Edition. New 4pp Preface.
  • Vintage Classics, 2001. Contains the 1934 preface.

Theatre (1937)

  • Doubleday Doran, 1937. First Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1937. First English Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1939. The Collected Edition. New 7pp Preface.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Contains the 1939 Preface.

Christmas Holiday (1939)

  • Heinemann, 1939. First Edition.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1939. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1941. The Collected Edition.
  • Vintage Classics, 2001.

Up at the Villa (1941)

  • Doubleday Doran, 1941. First Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1941. First English Edition.
  • Vintage Classics, 2004.

The Hour Before Dawn (1942)

  • Doubleday Doran, 1942. First Edition.
  • Angus and Robertson, 1945. First Australian Edition.

The Razor's Edge (1944)

  • Doubleday Doran, 1944. First Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1944. First English Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1948. The Collected Edition.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000.

Then and Now (1946)

  • Heinemann, 1946. First Edition.
  • Doubleday, 1946. First American Edition.
  • Vintage Classics, 2001.

Catalina (1948)

  • Heinemann, 1948. First Edition.
  • Doubleday, 1948. First American Edition.
  • Vintage Classics, 2001.

Short Story Collections[edit]

See the short story section for more information as regards contents and publication history.

Travel Books[edit]

The Land of the Blessed Virgin: Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia (1905)

  • Heinemann, 1904. First Edition.
  • Knopf, 1920. First American Edition. Second edition from the same year retitled Andalusia.
  • Heron, 1968. Together with The Explorer (1908).
  • Kessinger Publishing, 2000. Reprint of a Heinemann edition from 1905.

On a Chinese Screen (1922)

  • George H. Doran, 1922. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1922. First English Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1935. The Collected Edition. New 4pp Preface.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Contains no preface.

Contents
I The Rising of the Curtain - II My Lady's Parlour - III The Mongol Chief - IV The Rolling Stone - V The Cabinet Minister - VI Dinner Parties - VII The Altar of Heaven - VIII The Servants of God - IX The Inn - X The Glory Hole - XI Fear - XII The Picture - XIII His Britannic Majesty's Representative - XIV The Opium Den - XV The Last Chance - XVI The Nun - XVII Henderson - XVIII Dawn - XIX The Point of Honour - XX The Beast of Burden - XXI Dr Macalister - XXII The Road - XXIII God's Truth - XXIV Romance - XXV The Grand Style - XXVI Rain - XXVII Sullivan - XXVIII The Dining-Room - XXIX Arabesque - XXX The Consul - XXXI The Stripling - XXXII The Fannings - XXXIII The Song of the River - XXXIV Mirage - XXXV The Stranger - XXXVI Democracy - XXXVII The Seventh Day Adventist - XXXVIII The Philosopher - XXXIX The Missionary Lady - XL A Game of Billiards - XLI The Skipper - XLII The Sights of the Town - XLIII NIghtfall - XLIV The Normal Man - XLV The Old Timer - XLVI The Plain - XLVII Failure - XLVIII A Student of the Drama - XLIX The Taipan - L Metempsychosis - LI The Fragment - LII One of the Best - LIII The Sea-Dog - LIV The Question - LV The Sinologue - LVI The Vice-Consul - LVII A City Built on a Rock - LVIII A Libation to the Gods

Note.
The Consul and The Taipan were later published under the same titles in The Complete Short Stories (1951). They also appeared in magazines in 1922 (The Consul as Mr Pete.)

The Gentleman in the Parlour: A Record of a Journey From Rangoon to Haiphong (1930)

  • Heinemann, 1930. First Edition.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1930. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1935. The Collected Edition. New 4pp Preface.
  • Vintage Classics, 2001. Contains the 1935 Preface.

Notes.

Five chapters were published in The Complete Short Stories (1951) under different titles as follows: Chapter VI - Mabel. Chapter X - Masterson. Chapter XXXII - Princess September. Chapter XXXIV - A Marriage of Convenience. Chapter XLIII - Mirage.

A Marriage of Convenience is a rewritten version of the early short story of the same title reprinted in Seventeen Lost Stories (1969); the later version appeared in magazines under the same title, as did Mirage (both 1929). In magazines, Masterson and Princess September were published as On the Road to Mandalay (1929) and The Princess and the Nightingale (1922), respectively.

Mirage, Princess September and A Marriage of Convenience also appeared as The Opium Addict, September's Bird and The French Governor, respectively, in a volume titled The Maugham Reader (1950, Doubleday, with an introduction by Glenway Wescott).

Essays, Memoirs, Notes, Miscellaneous Writings[edit]

Don Fernando (1935)

  • Heinemann, 1935. First edition
  • Doubleday Doran, 1935. First American edition.
  • Heinemann, 1937. The Collected Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1950. Revised Edition. Contains new Author's Note as a preface.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Contains the revisions and the Author's Note from 1950.

The Summing Up (1938)

  • Heinemann, 1938. First Edition.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1938. First American Edition.
  • Vintage Classics, 2001.

France At War (1940)

  • Heinemann, 1940. First Edition. Paperback.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1940. First American Edition.

Books and You (1940)

  • Heinemann, 1940. First Edition. Original preface.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1940. First American edition. Original preface.

Strictly Personal (1941)

  • Doubleday Doran, 1941. First Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1942. First English Edition. Contains a letter to Eddie Marsh. Chapter 15 omitted.

Great Novelists and Their Novels (1948)

  • Winston, 1948. First Edition. Illustrated with pen and ink portraits of the authors by Robert W. Arnold.

Contents:

  • The History of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • Old Man Goriot by Honoré de Balzac
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Red and the Black by Stendhal
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

A Writer’s Notebook (1949)

  • Heinemann, 1949. First Edition. Contains two postscripts, from 1944 and 1949, and original preface.
  • Doubleday, 1949. First American Edition.
  • Vintage Classics, 2001. Contains the original preface.

The Vagrant Mood (1952)

  • Heinemann, 1952. First Edition.
  • Doubleday, 1953. First American Edition
  • Vintage Classics, 2001.

Contents: Augustus - Zurbaran - The Decline and Fall of the Detective Story - After Reading Burke - Reflections on a Certain Book - Some Novelists I Have Known

Ten Novels and Their Authors (1954)

  • Heinemann, 1954. First Edition. Revised and expanded version of Great Novelists and Their Novels (1948)
  • Doubleday, 1955. First American Edition. Titled The Art of Fiction.
  • Vintage Classics, 2001.

Points of View (1958)

  • Heinemann, 1958. First Edition.
  • Doubleday, 1959. First American Edition.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000.

Contents: The Three Novels of a Poet - The Saint - Prose and Dr. Tillotson - The Short Story - Three Journalists

Pamphlets[edit]

  • My South Sea Island (1922) [Article. Reprinted in Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • The Judgment Seat (1934) [Short story from Cosmopolitans, 1936.]
  • Princess September and The Nightingale (1939) [Short story from Cosmopolitans, 1936. Appeared as a pamphlet in 1938.]
  • The Unconquered (1944) [Short story from Creatures of Circumstance, 1947.]
  • Of Human Bondage, with a Digression on the Art of Fiction: An Address (1946) [An address given by Maugham on 20 April 1946 in Coolidge Auditorium, The Library of Congress, on the occasion of his presenting the original manuscript of Of Human Bondage to the Library of Congress.]
  • The Writer’s Point of View (1951) [Ninth Annual Lecture of National Book League given by Maugham in Kingsway Hall on 24 October 1951.]
  • The Saint (1958). [Essay from Points of View, 1958]
  • Purely For My Pleasure (1962) [Art album of Maugham's collection with short commentaries by him.]

Important Collected Editions[edit]

The Complete Short Stories. Heinemann, 1951, 3 vols.
Contains 91 short stories: 84 from all collections but Orientations (1899) and 7 pieces from the travel books: two from On A Chinese Screen (1922) and five from The Gentleman in the Parlour (1930). New Preface to each volume by the author and in order chosen by him.

The Complete Short Stories. Doubleday, 1952, 2 vols., First American Edition.
The same 91 short stories as in the Heinemann edition above but with completely different Prefaces. Vol. 1 is titled East and West, was first published in 1934, also under the English title Altogether, and contains new 26 pp preface on the art of short story. Vol. 2 is titled The World Over, was first published in 1952, and contains new 8 pp preface.

The Collected Plays. Heinemann, 1952, 3 vols.
Contain 18 plays. New Preface to each volume by the author. First published in 1931–34 in 6 vols. The plays in the 1952 edition are identical, the prefaces were only slightly adjusted.

I. Lady Frederick - Mrs. Dot - Jack Straw - Penelope - Smith - The Land of Promise.
II. Our Betters - The Unattainable - Home and Beauty - The Circle - The Constant Wife - The Breadwinner.
III. Caesar`s Wife - East of Suez - The Sacred Flame - The Unknown - For Services Rendered - Sheppey.

The Selected Novels. Heinemann, 1953, 3 vols.
Contain 9 novels. New Preface by the author to each volume.

I. Liza of Lambeth - Cakes and Ale - Theatre
II. The Moon and Sixpence - The Narrow Corner - The Painted Veil
III. Christmas Holiday - Up at the Villa - The Razor's Edge

The Partial View. Heinemann, 1954.
Contains The Summing Up (1938) and A Writer's Notebook (1949) in one volume. New 5pp preface.

The Travel Books. Heinemann, 1955.
Contains On A Chinese Screen (1922), The Gentleman in the Parlour (1930), Don Fernando (1935) in one volume. New preface by the author.

Selected Prefaces and Introductions. Doubleday, 1963. Reprinted by Heinemann in 1964.

Contents: The Art of Fiction from Ten Novels and their Authors (1954) - Preface to A Writer's Notebook (1949) - Foreword to Of Human Bondage (1915) - Excerpt from the Preface to Vol. III of The Collected Plays (1931) - Prefaces to both volumes of the First American edition of The Complete Short Stories - General Introduction to Traveller's Library (1933) - Introduction to Tellers of Tales (1939) - Introduction to A Choice of Kipling's Prose (1952)

Note.
The date given for the Foreword to Of Human Bondage is incorrect. It was written in 1936 for the First Illustrated Edition by Doubleday.

Collected Short Stories, 4 vols, paperback. The same 91 short stories as in the Heinemann and Doubleday editions. The order is slightly modified, the prefaces are virtually the same as in the Heinemann edition. First published by Penguin, 1963.

Tha Maugham Reader, Doubleday, 1950.
With Introduction by Glenway Wescott and Frontispiece portrait of portrait by Graham Sutherland. Contains 2 novels, 2 plays, 14 short stories, 1 essay and the complete The Summing Up (1938), all previously published:
The Painted Veil - Jane - The Opium Addict - The Facts of Life - Rain - The Treasure - The Outstation - The French Governor - Our Betters - The Summing Up - The Constant Wife - Red - A String of Beads - The Door of Opportunity - September's Bird - The Alien Corn - The Round Dozen - The Vessel of Wrath - Christmas Holiday - El Greco

September's Bird, The Opium Addict and The French Governor are alternative titles for Princess September, Mirage and A Marriage of Convenience, respectively. The last three titles are also used in The Complete Short Stories editions. All three stories also appeared in The Gentleman in the Parlour (1930), as chapters XXXII, XLIII and XXXIV, respectively.

El Greco is reprint from Don Fernando (1935; Revised, 1950) where the piece is not titled. The version here was most probably taken from the revised edition.

Mr. Maugham Himself, Doubleday, 1954.
Selected and with an Introduction by John Beecroft. Contains 1 novel, 2 short stories, 2 essays, excerpts from A Writer's Notebook (1949) and the complete The Summing Up (1938), all previously published:
Of Human Bondage - Some Novelists I Have Known - Mr Harrington's Washing - The Book Bag - El Greco - The Summing Up - Excerpts from 'A Writer's Notebook'.

The Excerpts from A Writer's Notebook are the two postscripts that Maugham wrote in 1944 and 1949. This reprint of The Summing Up contains a postscript which comes from Maugham's preface to The Partial View (1954).

Posthumously Published Books by Somerset Maugham[edit]

Seventeen Lost Stories. Doubleday, 1969. Edited by Craig Showalter. Contains 17 early short stories first published between 1899 and 1908, including the six that made Maugham's first published collection, Orientations (1899). First publication in book form for the other 11; they all appeared in magazines between 1900 and 1908.

Contents:

  • A Bad Example (1899)
  • Daisy (1899)
  • De Amicitia (1899)
  • Faith (1899)
  • The Choice of Amyntas (1899)
  • The Punctiliousness of Don Sebastian (1899)
  • Lady Habart (1900)
  • Cupid and the Vicar of Swale (1900)
  • Pro Patria (1903)
  • A Point of Law (1903)
  • An Irish Gentleman (1904)
  • A Marriage of Convenience (1906)
  • Flirtation (1906, written in 1904)
  • The Fortunate Painter (1908, as The Fortunate Painter and the Honest Jew)
  • Good Manners (1907)
  • Cousin Amy (1908)
  • The Happy Couple (1908)

Notes

  • A Marriage of Convenience was later significantly rewritten and published as part of the travel book The Gentleman in the Parlour (1930).
  • Cousin Amy was later significantly rewritten and published under the title The Luncheon in the short story collection Cosmopolitans (1936).
  • The Happy Couple was later significantly rewritten and published under the same name in the short story collection Creatures of Circumstance (1947).

Traveller in Romance. Clarkson N. Potter, 1984. Edited by John Whitehead. Contains 65 short pieces spanning 63 years of Maugham's life never published before in any of his books: prefaces and introductions to the works of others, magazine articles, book reviews, curtain-raisers. Non-fiction except for four short stories, three published in magazines before World War I and The Buried Talent, first published as late as 1934 but never reprinted in book form during Maugham's lifetime.

Contents:

CURTAIN-RAISERS
1. Marriages are made in Heaven, Venture (1903).
2. A Rehearsal, The Sketch (1905).

ON PLAYERS AND PLAYWRIGHTS
1. Introduction to The Truth at Last by Charles Hawtrey (1924)
2. Preface to Our Puppet Show by Francis de Croisset (1929)
3. Introduction to Bitter-Sweet and Other Plays by Noël Coward (1929)
4. Foreword to Gallery Unreserved by A. Galleryite [F. T. Bason] (1931)
5. Tribute to Marie Tempest, Souvenir Programme (1935)
6. Gladys Cooper - Introduction to Without veils by Sewell Stokes (1953)

ON PAINTERS AND PAINTING
1. Gerald Kelly - A Student of Character, International Studio (1914)
2. Gerald Kelly - Preface to An Exhibition of Paintings by Sir Gerald Kelly, Leicester Galleries, London (1950).
3. Preface to Catalogue of exhibition Flower Paintings by Marie Laurencin (1934)
4. Paintings I Have Liked, Life (1941)
5. Preface to Peter Arno's Cartoon Review (1942)
6. The Lady from Poonah - Maugham's speech given on 2 May 1951 at the Royal Academy's Annual Banquet in London. Condensed version printed in News Chronicle (1951).
7. Introduction to The Artist and the Theatre by Raymond Mander and Joe Mitcheson (1955)
8. On Having My Portrait Painted, Horizon (1959)
9. On Selling My Collection of Impressionist and Modern Pictures - Preface to Sotheby's Auction Catalogue (1962).

ON WRITERS AND WRITING
1. On Writing for the Films, North American Review (1921)
2. Novelist or Bond Salesman, Bookman (N. Y.) (1925)
3. On Prefaces, Critics and a Novel - Preface to Two Made Their Bed by Louis Marlow (1929).
4. Preface to The House with Green Shutters by George Douglas (1938)
5. Introduction to his anthology Modern English and American Literature (1943)
6. Write About What You Know, Good Housekeeping (1943)
7. Variations on a Theme Dorothy Parker - Introduction to Dorothy Parker, Viking Portable Library (1944).
8. A Plan to Encourage Young Writers - Maugham's Address given on 30 September 1950 at the Book and Author Luncheon in Hotel Astor, N. Y., New York Herald Tribune (1950).
9. On Story-Telling - Address given at the National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, on 17 October 1950. Reprinted in 1950.
10. Preface to Letters from Madame de la Marquise de Sevigne edited by Violet Hammersley (1955)

BOOK REVIEWS
1. The Ionian Sea by George Gissing, Sunday Sun (1901)
2. Growing-Up - Twenty-Five by Beverly Nichols, Sunday Times (1926)
3. Books of the Year, Sunday Times (1955)

ON HIS OWN WORK
1. How Novelists Draw Their Characters, Bookman (1922)
2. Preface to A Bibliography of the Writings of W. Somerset Maugham by F. T. Bason (1931)
3. Of Human Bondage: With Digression on the Art of Fiction - Address given by Maugham on 20 April 1946 to the Library of Congress (1946).
4. Behind the Story, Wings (1946)
5. By A Way of Preface to A Comprehensive Exhibition of Writings of W. Somerset Maugham (1958)

SHORT STORIES
1. The Spanish Priest, Illustrated London News (1906)
2. The Making of Millionaire, Lady's Realm (1906)
3. A Traveller in Romance, Printer's Pie Annual (1909)
4. The Buried Talent, Nash's Magazine (1934)

WARTIME ARTICLES IN AMERICA
1. In the Bus, Allied Relief Ball Souvenir Program (1940)
2. Reading Under Bombing, Living Age (1940)
3. The Culture That is to Come, Redbook (1941)
4. The Noblest Act, This Week (1942)
5. Why D'You Dislike Us?, Saturday Evening Post (1942)
6. To Know about England and the English, Publishers' Weekly (1942)
7. Morale Made in American, Redbook (1942)
8. Virtue, Redbook (1943)
9. Reading and Writing and You, Redbook (1943)
10. We Have a Common Heritage, Redbook (1943)
11. What Reading Can Do For You, Life Story Magazine (1945)
12. 'Above all, love...', Rotarian (1952)

ON PEOPLE AND PLACES
1. My South Sea Island, Daily Mail (1922)
2. Preface to What a Life! by Doris Arthur-Jones (1932)
3. The Terrorist: Boris Savinkov, Redbook (1943)
4. Spanish Journey, Continental Daily Mail (1948)
5. From Nelson Doubleday 1889-1949, privately printed (1950)
6. Eddie Marsh - Proof-Reading as an Avocation, Publishers' Weekly (1939).
7. Eddie Marsh - From Sketches for a composite literary portrait of Sir Edward Marsh, London, Lund Humphries, (1953).
8. Foreword to Memoirs of Aga Khan (1954)

ON HIMSELF
1. On the Approach of Middle Age, Vanity Fair (1923)
2. Self-Portrait, from Portraits and Self-Portraits by G. Schreiber (1936)
3. Sixty-Five, in W. Somerset Maugham: Novelist, Essayist, Dramatist, A pamphlet about his work, together with a Bibliography, an Appreciation by Richard Aldington. and New Note on Writing by Mr Maugham (1939)
4. On Playing Bridge
4.1. Introduction to Standard Book of Bidding by C. H. Goren (1944)
4.2. How I Like to Play Bridge, Good Housekeeping (1944)
5. Looking Back on Eighty Years, Listener, Home Service Broadcast on 28 January 1954
6. On His Ninetieth Birthday - W. Somerset Maugham talking to Ewan MacNaughton, Sunday Express (1964)

Compiled, edited and introduced by Maugham[edit]

  • Traveller's Library. Doubleday Doran, 1933. Reprinted the same year as Fifty Modern English Writers. Compilation, 11pp Introduction and Notes by Maugham.

Table of Contents:

General Introduction by W. Somerset Maugham

A NOVEL - Nocturne by Frank Swinnerton

SHORT STORIES - Section I - Note by W. Somerset Maugham - Youth by Joseph Conrad - An Outpost of Progress by Joseph Conrad - The Happy Hypocrite by Max Beerbohm - Enoch by Max Beerbohm - The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen - The Country of the Blind by H. G. Wells - The Celestial Omnibus by E. M. Forster - Io by Oliver Onions - The Second-Class Passenger by Perceval Gibbon - The Ginger-Nut by A. Neil Lyons - Bringing a New Boy by C. S. Evans - The Prussian Officer by D. H. Lawrence - The Tillotson Banquet by Aldous Huxley -

ESSAYS - Section I - Note by W. Somerset Maugham - Swinburne by Edmund Gosse - Robert Louis Stevenson by Edmund Gosse - No. 2 The Pines by Max Beerbohm - Wordsworth in the Tropics by Aldous Huxley - Reminiscences on Conrad by John Galsworthy - A Hermit's Day by Desmond MacCarthy - Dr Burney's Evening Party by Virginia Woolf - How to Know a Good Book from a Bad by H. W. Garrod -

POEMS - Section I - Note by W. Somerset Maugham - The Making of a Poet by Roy Campbell - The Serf by Roy Campbell - Horses on Camargue by Roy Campbell - On Some South African Novelists by Roy Campbell - Blighters by Siegfried Sassoon - Base Details by Siegfried Sassoon - Idyll by Siegfried Sassoon - Vision by Siegfried Sassoon - Everyone Song by Siegfried Sassoon - Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc - Lines to a Don by Hilaire Belloc - The Statue by Hilaire Belloc - On a Dead Hostess by Hilaire Belloc - On a Great Election by Hilaire Belloc - Partly From the Greek by Hilaire Belloc - Autumn Evening by Frances Cornford - To a Lady Seen From the Train by Frances Cornford - In the Caves of Auvergne by W. I. Turner - The Bull by Ralph Hodgson - The Mystery by Ralph Hodgson - Leisure by William H. Davies - Sea-Fever by John Masefield - I See His Blood Upon the Rose by Joseph Plunkett - The Rio Grande by Sacheverell Sitwell

A NOVEL - Note - On Arnold Bennett by W. Somerset Maugham [Reprinted in Some Novelists I Have Known from The Vagrant Mood, 1952] - The Old Wives' Tales by Arnold Bennett -

POEMS - Section II - Note by W. Somerset Maugham - A Passer-By by Robert Bridges - On a Dead Child by Robert Bridges - Nightingales by Robert Bridges - Renouncement by Alice Meynell - The Hound of Heaven by Francis Thompson - The Kingdom of God (In No Strange Land) by Francis Thompson - The Soldier by Rupert Brooke - The Hill by Rupert Brooke - The Old Vicarage, Grantchester by Rupert Brooke - Heaven by Rupert Brooke - An Epitaph by Walter de la Mare - The Three Strangers by Walter de la Mare - The Little Salamander by Walter de la Mare - Arabia by Walter de la Mare - The Listeners by Walter de la Mare - The Golden Journey to Samarkand: Prologue by James Elroy Flecker - War Song of the Saracens by James Elroy Flecker - The Old Ships by James Elroy Flecker - Brumana by James Elroy Flecker - Hyali by James Elroy Flecker - Down by the Sally Garden by William Butler Yeats - The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats - When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats - To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to a Nothing by William Butler Yeats - That Night Come by William Butler Yeats -

ESSAYS - Section II - Note by W. Somerset Maugham - Florence Nightingale by Lytton Strachey - Religion and Science: Old Wine in New Bottles by Julian Huxley - The Last Judgment by J. B. S. Haldane - On the Value of Scepticism by Bertrand Russell - Eastern and Western Ideals of Happiness by Bertrand Russell - A Free Man's Worship by Bertrand Russell - A Night at Pietramala by Aldous Huxley -

SHORT STORIES - Section II - Note by W. Somerset Maugham - Mrs. Johnson by Norah Hoult - The Machine Breaks Down by Osbert Sitwell - The Man With the Broken Nose by Michael Arlen - Biography by Martin Armstrong - The Poet and the Mandrill by Martin Armstrong - The Big Drum by William Gerhardi - Pictures by Katherine Mansfield - Psychology by Katherine Mansfield - Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield - The Marquis de Chaumant by Harold Nicolson - Arketall by Harold Nicolson - Lady Into Fox by David Garnett - Louise by Saki (H. H. Munro) - Tabermory by Saki (H. H. Munro) - Esme by Saki (H. H. Munro) -

A NOVEL - Note by W. Somerset Maugham - Trent's Last Case by E. C. Bentley -

  • Tellers of Tales. 100 Short Stories From the United States, England, France, Russia and Germany. Doubleday Doran, 1939. Reprinted in 1943 as The Greatest Stories of All Times. Selection and 27pp Introduction by Maugham.

Table of Contents:

Introduction by W. Somerset Maugham

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving - The Stout Gentleman by Washington Irving - La Grande Breteche by Honoré de Balzac - The Gray Champion by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Crimson Curtain by Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly - The Gold-Bug by Edgar Allan Poe - A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert - Krambambuli by Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach - The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Francis Bret Harte - Olympe and Henriette by Villiers de l'Isle Adam - - The Three Strangers by Thomas Hardy - The Jolly Corner by Henry James - The Procurator of Judaea by Anatole France - Youth by Karl Emil Franzos - Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson - The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant - The Legacy by Guy de Maupassant - Useless Mouths by Octave Mirbeau - The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde - The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans by Arthur Conan Doyle - Typhoon by Joseph Conrad - The Fate of the Baron by Arthur Schnitzler - The Whirlgig of Life by O. Henry - Without Visible Means by Arthur Morrison - The Stricken Doe by Pierre Mille - The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs - The Coach by Violent Hunt - The Last Visit by Tristan Bernard - The Man Who Would be King by Rudyard Kipling - Without Benefit of Clergy by Rudyard Kipling - Papago Wedding by Mary Austin - Uncle Franz by Ludwig Thoma - The Door in the Wall by H. G. Wells - An Experiment of Misery by Stephen Crane - Tobermory by Saki - To Build a Fire by Jack London - The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy - The Toupee Artist by Nicolai Lyeskov - Mouzhiks by Anton Chekhov - Twenty-Six and One by Maxim Gorky - Sunstroke by Ivan Bunin - Captain Ribnikov by Alexander Kuprin - Hydromel by Vassili Iretsky - Without Cherry Blossom by Pantaleimon Romanof - In the Town of Berdichev by Vassili Grossman - Hunger by Alexander Neweroff - Romance by Vera Inber - ''Earth of the Hands by Boris Pilnjak - A Letter by Isaac Babel - The Child by Vsevolod Ivanov - The Customer by Georgy Peskov - The Knives by Valentine Katayev - Pippo Spano by Heinrich Mann - Old Rogaum and His Theresa by Theodore Dreiser - A. V. Laider by Max Beerbohm - The Amulet by Jacob Wassermann - Cavalry Patrol by Hugo von Hofmannsthal - Seeds by Sherwood Anderson - The Other Woman by Sherwood Anderson - Early Sorrow by Thomas Mann - Mr and Mrs Abbey's Difficulties by E. M. Forster - The Invisible Collection by Stefan Zweig - Uncle Fred Flits By by P. G. Wodehouse - In the Last Coach by Leonhard Frank - Counterparts by James Joyce - The Tragedy of Goupil by Louis Pergaud - Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence - The Chink by Alexandre Arnoux - Haircut by Ring Lardner - Champion by Ring Lardner - A Balaam by Arnold Zweig - Old Man Minick by Edna Ferber - The Golden Beetle by Bruno Frank - The Catalan Night by Paul Morand - Silent Snow, Secret Snow by Conrad Aiken - The Lovely Day by Jacques de Lacretelle - On the Farm by Hans Friedrich Blunck - The Killers by Ernest Hemingway - The Strangers by Katherine Mansfield - The House of Mourning by Franz Werfel - A Start in Life by Ruth Suckow - The Desert Islander by Stella Benson - Big Blonde by Dorothy Parker - Orphant Annie by Thyra Samter Winglow - Nuns at Luncheon by Aldous Huxley - The Rich Boy by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Imposition by L. A. G. Strong - Turn About by William Faulkner - The Doll by J. Kessel - Reduced by Elizabeth Bowen - Maria Concepcion by Katherine Anne Porter - The Cherry Feast by Ernst Glaeser - No More Trouble for Jedwick by Louis Paul - If You Can't Be Good, Be Cautious by T. O. Beachcroft - The Ball by Irene Nemirovsky - Kneel to the Rising Sun by Erskine Caldwell - The Novaks by Christopher Isherwood - Convalescence by Kay Boyle - The Station by H. E. Bates - Oklahoma Race Riot by Frances W. Prentice -

  • Great Modern Reading. Introduction to Modern English and American Literature. Nelson Doubleday, 1943. Reprinted the same year as Introduction to Modern English and American Literature. Selection, 9pp Introduction and Notes by Maugham;

Table of Contents:

Introduction by W. Somerset Maugham

[Commentary by WSM. Short stories:] - Petrified Man by Eudora Welty - The Visit by Andy Logan - The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze by William Saroyan -

[Commentary by WSM. Letters:] - An Airman's to His Mother, Anonymous - Three War Letters from Britain -

[Commentary by WSM. Poems:] - Boy with His Hair Cut Short by Muriel Rukeyser - The Express by Stephen Spender - In Railway Halls by Stephen Spender - What I Expected by Stephen Spender - Birmingham by Louis MacNeice - Tempt Me No More by Cecil Day-Lewis - Look, Stranger, at This Island Now by W. H. Auden - A Shilling Life Will Give All the Facts by W. H. Auden - As I Walked Out One Evening by W. H. Auden - No Doubt Left. Enough Deceiving by James Agee -

[Commentary by WSM. Short stories:] - The Gift by John Steinbeck - The Erne from the Coast by T. O. Beachcroft - Maria by Elizabeth Bowen - The People vs Abe Lathan, Colored by Erskine Caldwell - Night Club by Kathrine Brush - The Lily by H. E. Bates - Mary by John Collier - Brotherhood by H. A. Manhood -

[Commentary by WSM. Essays:] - Let Freedom Ring by Alva Johnston - Art and Isadora by John Dos Pasos -

[Commentary by WSM. Poems:] - To a Fat Lady Seen from the Train by Frances Cornford - Unfortunate Coincidence by Dorothy Parker - Godspeed by Dorothy Parker - Social Note by Dorothy Parker - Indian Summer by Dorothy Parker - Healed by Dorothy Parker - Kindly Unhitch that Star, Buddy by Ogden Nash - If You Can't Eat, You Got To by E. E. Cummings - The Noster Was a Ship of Swank by E. E. Cummings - The Fish by Marianne Moore - In Westminster Abbey by John Betjeman - On His Books by Hilaire Belloc - On Noman, a Guest by Hilaire Belloc - On Lady Poltagrue by Hilaire Belloc - Epitaph on the Politician by Hilaire Belloc - Another on the Same by Hilaire Belloc - Fatigue by Hilaire Belloc - On a Dead Hostess by Hilaire Belloc - On Some South African Novelists by Roy Campbell -

[Commentary by WSM. Short stories:] - Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway - A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner - Bill's Eyes by William March - Defeat by Osbert Sitwell - Legend of the Crooked Coronet by Michael Arlen -

[Commentary by WSM. Letters:] - Letter to T. D. D. by D. H. Lawrence - Letter to Lady Ottoline Morrell by D. H. Lawrence - Letter to Herbert S. Houston by Walter Hines Page - Letter to Mr Wu by Oliver Wendell Holmes - Letter to Mrs Winthrop Chanler by John Jay Chapman - Letter to William James by John Jay Chapman - Letter to His Wife by John Jay Chapman - Letter to Mrs Winthrop Chanler by John Jay Chapman - Letter to S. S. Drury by John Jay Chapman -

[Commentary by WSM. Poems:] - For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon - Everyone Sang by Siegfried Sassoon - From My Diary by Wilfrid Owen - Greater Love by Wilfrid Owen - Breakfast by Wilfrid Owen - The Soldier by Rupert Brooke - I Have a Rendezvous with Death by Alan Seeger - The Song of the Ungirt Runners by Charles Hamilton Sorley - - Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries by A. E. Housman -

[Commentary by WSM. Short stories:] - The Avenging Chance by Anthony Berkeley - The Crime in Nobody's Room by Carter Dickson - A Man Called Spade by Dashiell Hammett -

[Commentary by WSM. Poems:] - Ash-Wednesday by T. S. Eliot - The Hollow Men by T. S. Eliot - Mr Eliot's Sunday Morning Service by T. S. Eliot -

[Commentary by WSM. Essays:] - Comfort by Aldous Huxley - Mary Wollstonecraft by Virginia Woolf - What I Believe by E. M. Forster - How Writing in Written by Gertrude Stein -

[Commentary by WSM. Short stories:] - The Devil and Daniel Webster by Stephen Vincent Benet - - Flowering Judas by Katherine Anne Porter - The Greatest Man in the World by James Thurber - There's Money in Poetry by Konrad Berkovici - The Foghorn by Gertrude Atherton -

[Commentary by WSM. Poems:] - Chicago by Carl Sandburg - Leisure by William Henry Davies - What Lips My Lips Have Kissed by Edna St. Vincent Millay - O World, Be Nobler by Lawrence Binyon - Blue Girls by John Crave Ransom - Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens - Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers - Promise of Peace by Robinson Jeffers - The Call by Charlotte Mew -

[Commentary by WSM. Essays:] - Dr Arnold by Lytton Strachey - Phineas Taylor Barnum by Gamaliel Bradford -

[Commentary by WSM. Short stories:] - At the End of the Passage by Rudyard Kipling - Roman Fever by Edith Wharton - I'm a Fool by Sherwood Anderson - The Golden Honeymoon by Ring Lardner - The Match-Maker by H. H. Munro (Saki) - Revelations by Katherine Mansfield -

[Commentary by WSM. Short stories:] - The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James -

[Commentary by WSM. Poems:] - The Ghosts of the Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay - Benjamin Pantier by Edgar Lee Masters - Mrs Benjamin Pantier by Edgar Lee Masters - Saint Peter Relates an Incident of the Resurrection Day by James Weldon Jonhson - Miniver Cheevy by Edward Arlington Robinson - Richard Cory by Edward Arlington Robinson - Once by the Pacific by Robert Frost - The Pasture by Robert Frost - The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost - Puritan Sonnet by Elinor Wylie -

[Commentary by WSM. Essays:] - Seeing People Off by Max Beerbohm - Afterthoughts by Logan Pearsale Smith - Classic Liberty by George Santayana - Dunkirk by Winston Churchill -

[Commentary by WSM. Poems:] - The Listeners by Walter de la Mare - An Epitaph by Walter de la Mare - Mandalay by Rudyard Kipling - A Shropshire Lad, XXII by A. E. Housman - Last Poems, XI by A. E. Housman - Last Poems, XXVI by A. E. Housman - More Poems, XII by A. E. Housman - More Poems, XXXVI by A. E. Housman - In Time of The Breaking of Nations by Thomas Hardy - The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy - In Tenebris by Thomas Hardy - Nightingales by Robert Bridges - When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats - The Wild Swans at Coole by William Butler Yeats - Sailing to Byzantium by William Butler Yeats - In No Strange Land by Francis Thompson -

  • A Choice of Kipling's Prose. Macmillan & Co., 1952. Also published by Doubleday in 1953 as Maugham's Choice of Kipling's Best. Selection and Introductory Essay by Maugham.

Contents

Introduction by W. Somerset Maugham

The Finest Story in the World - The Man Who Was - The Tomb of His Ancestors - At the End of the Passage - Wireless - On Greenhow Hill - Love-o'-women - The Brushwood Boy - The Man Who Would Be King - William the Conqueror - They - Tods' Amendment - Mowgli's Brothers - The Miracle of Purun Bhagat - Without Benefit of Clergy - The Village that Voted the Earth Was Flat -

Plays[edit]

Contributions to periodicals[edit]

This list represents in chronological order the first printing date of every article or contribution made by Maugham to journals and periodicals during his lifetime. Maugham often tested his audience and his own interest in a story by serialising it through newspaper or magazine periodicals, then later released the story as a novel, or part of a collected short stories book.

  • 1. Don Sebastian 1898 [Short story. Seventeen Lost Stories, 1969.]
  • 2. Cupid and the Vicar of Swale 1900 [Short story. Seventeen Lost Stories, 1969.]
  • 3. Lady Habart 1900 [Short story. Seventeen Lost Stories, 1969.]

A Really Nice Story 1901 [Short Story. Uncollected.]

The Image of the Virgin 1901 [Short Story. Uncollected.]

  • 4. Schiffbruchig 1903 [One-act curtain-raiser. Traveller in Romance, 1984, as Marriaged are Made in Heaven.]
  • 5. Pro Patria 1903 [Short story. Seventeen Lost Stories, 1969.]
  • 6. A Man of Honour 1903 [Play. Heinemann, 1912.]
  • 7. A Point of Law 1903 [Short story. Seventeen Lost Stories, 1969.]
  • 8. An Irish Gentleman 1904 [Short story. Seventeen Lost Stories, 1969.]

The Criminal 1904 [Short Story. Uncollected.]

  • 9. A Rehearsal 1905 [One-act curtain-raiser. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 10. Flirtation 1906 [Short story. Seventeen Lost Stories, 1969.]
  • 11. The Fortunate Painter and the Honest Jew 1906 [Short story. Seventeen Lost Stories, 1969, as The Fortunate Painter.]
  • 12. A Marriage of Convenience 1908 [Short story. Seventeen Lost Stories, 1969.]
  • 13. The Making of a Millionaire 1906 [Short story. Seventeen Lost Stories, 1969.]
  • 14. Good Manners 1907 [Short story. Seventeen Lost Stories, 1969.]
  • 15. Cousin Amy 1908 [Short story. Seventeen Lost Stories, 1969.]
  • 16. The Happy Couple 1908 [Short story. Seventeen Lost Stories, 1969.]
  • 17. A Traveller in Romance 1909 [Short story. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 18. The Mother 1909 [Short story. The Cassell Miscellany, 1958]
  • 19. Pygmalion at Home and Abroad 1914 [Not by Maugham!]
  • 20. Gerald Festus Kelly 1915 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 21. Mackintosh 1920 [Short story. The Trembling of a Leaf, 1921.]
  • 22. Miss Thompson 1921 [Short story. The Trembling of a Leaf, 1921, as Rain.]
  • 23. Red 1921 [Short story. The Trembling of a Leaf, 1921.]
  • 24. On Writing for the Films 1921 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 25. The Pool 1921 [Short story. The Trembling of a Leaf, 1921.]
  • 26. Honolulu 1921 [Short story. The Trembling of a Leaf, 1921.]
  • 27. My South Sea Island 1922 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 28. Foreign Devils 1922 [Sketch. On a Chinese Screen, 1922, as Dinner Parties.]
  • 29. Fear 1922 [Sketch. On a Chinese Screen, 1922.]
  • 30. A City Built on a Rock 1922 [Sketch. On a Chinese Screen, 1922.]
  • 31. Philosopher 1922 [Sketch. On a Chinese Screen, 1922.]
  • 32. Two Studies – Mr Pete & The Vice-Consul 1922 [Sketch. On a Chinese Screen, 1922.]
  • 33. Taipan 1922 [Sketch. On a Chinese Screen, 1922.]
  • 34. The Princess and the Nightingale 1922 [Short story. The Gentleman in the Parlour, 1930, Ch XXXII ; The Complete Short Stories, 1951, as Princess September.]
  • 35. Before the Party 1922 [Short story. The Casuarina Tree, 1926.]
  • 36. Bewitched 1923 [Short story. The Casuarina Tree, 1926, as P & O.]
  • 37. The Imposters 1923 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as Raw Material.]
  • 38. Mayhew 1924 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936.]
  • 39. German Harry 1924 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936.]
  • 40. The Force of Circumstance 1924 [Short story. The Casuarina Tree, 1926.]
  • 41. In a Strange Land 1924 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936.]
  • 42. The Luncheon 1924 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936.]
  • 43. The Round Dozen 1924 [Short story. First Person Singular, 1931.]
  • 44. The Woman Who Wouldn’t Take a Hint 1924 [Short story. The Gentleman in the Parlour, 1930, Ch VI ; The Complete Short Stories, 1951, as Mabel.]
  • 45. The Letter 1924 [Short story. The Casuarina Tree, 1926.]
  • 46. A Dream 1924 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as The Dream.]
  • 47. The Outstation 1924 [Short story. The Casuarina Tree, 1926.]
  • 48. The Happy Man 1924 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936.]
  • 49. Salvatore the Fisherman 1924 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as Salvatore.]
  • 50. Home from the Sea 1925 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as Home.]
  • 51. The Ant and the Grasshopper 1924 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936..]
  • 52. Mr Know-All 1925 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936..]
  • 53. Novelist or Bond Salesman 1925 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 54. The Widow’s Might 1925 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as The Escape.]
  • 55. The Man Who Wouldn’t Hurt a Fly 1925 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as A Friend in Need.]
  • 56. The Code of a Gentleman 1925 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as Portrait of a Gentleman.]
  • 57. The Yellow Streak 1925 [Short story. The Casuarina Tree, 1926.]
  • 58. The Most Selfish Woman I Knew 1925 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as Louise.]
  • 59. The Man with a Scar 1925 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936.]
  • 60. The Great Man 1926 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as The Poet.]
  • 61. An Honest Woman 1926 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as The Promise.]
  • 62. The End of the Flight 1926 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936.]
  • 63. Another Man without a Country 1926 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as French Joe.]
  • 64. Consul 1926 [Short story. On a Chinese Screen, 1922, The Complete Short Stories, as The Consul.]
  • 65. The Creative Impulse 1926
  • 66. The Closed Shop 1927 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936.]
  • 67. Footprints in the Jungle 1927 [Short story. Ah King, 1933.]
  • 68. Pearls 1927 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as A String of Beads.]
  • 69. Advice to a Young Author 1927 [Article. Never reprinted in a book form?]
  • 70. The Traitor 1927 [Short story. Ashenden, 1928, as Ch 9&10; The Complete Short Stories, 1951.]
  • 71. One of Those Women 1927 [Short story. Ashenden, 1928, as Ch 5, The Dark Woman; The Complete Short Stories, 1951, as part of The Hairless Mexican.]
  • 72. His Excellency 1928 [Short story. Ashenden, 1928, as Ch 11&12; The Complete Short Stories, 1951.]
  • 73. The Hairless Mexican 1928 [Short story. Ashenden, 1928, as Ch 4-6; The Complete Short Stories, 1951.]
  • 74. Mr Harrington’s Washing 1928 [Short story. Ashenden, 1928, as Ch 14&16; The Complete Short Stories, 1951.]
  • 75. The British Agent 1928 [Short story. Ashenden, 1928, as Ch 1&3; The Complete Short Stories, 1951, as Miss King.]
  • 76. The Four Dutchmen 1928 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936.]
  • 77. In Hiding 1929 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as The Wash Tub.]
  • 78. A Derelict 1929 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as The Bum.]
  • 79. The Extraordinary Sex 1929 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as The Social Sense.]
  • 80. Straight Flush 1929 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936.]
  • 81. The Man Who Made His Mark (later retitled as The Verger) 1929 [Short story. Cosmopolitans, 1936, as The Verger.]
  • 82. Through the Jungle 1929 [Travelogue. The Gentleman in the Parlour, 1930.]
  • 83. Mirage 1929 [Short story. The Gentleman in the Parlour, 1930, Ch XLIII; The Maugham Reader, 1950, as The Opium Addict; The Complete Short Stories, 1951.]
  • 84. A Marriage of Convenience 1929 [Short story. The Gentleman in the Parlour, 1930, Ch XXXIV; The Maugham Reader, 1950, as The French Governor; The Complete Short Stories, 1951.]
  • 85. On the Road to Mandalay 1929 [Short story. The Gentleman in the Parlour, 1930, Ch X; The Complete Short Stories, 1951, as Masterson.]
  • 86. Cakes and Ale 1930 [Novel. Heinemann, Doubleday, 1930.]
  • 87. Maltreat the Dead in Fiction 1930 [Article? Reprinted?]
  • 88. The Human Element 1930 [Short story. First Person Singular, 1931.]
  • 89. Virtue 1931 [Short story. First Person Singular, 1931.]
  • 90. The Vessel of Wrath 1931 [Short story. Ah King, 1933.]
  • 91. Maugham Discusses Drama 1931 [Article. Never reprinted in book form?]
  • 92. Arnold Bennett 1931 [Essay. Traveller's Library, 1933, ed. W.S.M.; The Vagrant Mood, 1952, as part from Some Novelists I Have Known'.]
  • 93. The Right Thing is the Kind Thing 1931 [Short story. AH King, 1931, as The Back of Beyond.]
  • 94. The Alien Corn 1931 [Short story. First Person Singular, 1931.]
  • 95. The Door of Opportunity 1931 [Short story. Ah King, 1933.]
  • 96. The Temptation of Neil MacAdam 1932 [Short story. Ah King, 1933, as Neil MacAdam.]
  • 97. The Narrow Corner 1932 [Novel. Heinemann, Doubleday, 1932.]
  • 98. For Services Rendered 1932 [Play. The Collected Plays, 1952, vol. III.]
  • 99. The Three Fat Women of Antibes 1933 [Short story. The Mixture as Before, 1940.]
  • 100. The Buried Talent 1934 [Short story. Traveller in Romance, 1984; Far Eastern Tales, 1993.]
  • 101. The Best Ever 1934 [Short story. The Mixture as Before, 1940, as The Best Ever.]
  • 102. How I Write Short Stories 1934 [Essay. East and West, 1934, introduction.]
  • 103. The Short Story 1934 [Essay. Probably East and West, 1934, introduction.]
  • 104. A Casual Affair 1934 [Short story. Creatures of Circumstance, 1947.]
  • 105. Appearance and Reality 1934 [Short story. Creatures of Circumstance, 1947.]
  • 106. The Voice of the Turtle 1935 [Short story. The Mixture as Before, 1940.]
  • 107. Gigolo and Gigolette 1935 [Short story. The Mixture as Before, 1940.]
  • 108. The Lotus Eater 1935 [Short story. The Mixture as Before, 1940.]
  • 109. An Official Position 1937 [Short story. The Mixture as Before, 1940.]
  • 110. The Lion’s Skin 1937 [Short story. The Mixture as Before, 1940.]
  • 111. The Sanatorium 1938 [Short story. Creatures of Circumstance, 1947.]
  • 112. The Professional Writer 1939 [Article. Never reprinted in book form.]
  • 113. Doctor and Patient 1939 [Short story. The Mixture as Before, 1940, as Doctor and Patient.]
  • 114. Books and You 1939 [Article. Books and You, 1940.]
  • 114. You and Some More Books 1939 [Article. Books and You, 1940.]
  • 115. The Facts of Life 1939 [Short story. The Mixture as Before, 1940.]
  • 116. A Man with a Conscience 1939 [Short story. The Mixture as Before, 1940.]
  • 117. Christmas Holiday 1939 [Novel. Heinemann, Doubleday, 1939]
  • 118. Proof Reading as an Avocation 1939 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 119. Classic Books of America 1940 [Article. Books and You, 1940.]
  • 120. The Villa on the Hill 1940 [Novel. Heinemann, Doubleday, 1941, as Up at the Villa.]
  • 121. Britain Views the French Navy 1940 [Article. Strictly Personal?, 1941.]
  • 122. The Refugee Ship 1940 [Article. Strictly Personal, 1941.]
  • 123. The Insider Story of the Collapse of France 1940 [Article. Strictly Personal, 1941.]
  • 124 The Lion at Bay 1940 [Article. Strictly Personal, 1941.]
  • 125 Reading under Bombing 1940 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 126 Give me a Murder 1940 [Article. Never reprinted in book form?]
  • 127 What Tomorrow Holds 1941 [Article. Never reprinted in book form?]
  • 128 They are Strange People 1941 [Article. Never reprinted in book form?]
  • 129 Novelist’s Flight from France 1941 [Article. Strictly Personal, 1941.]
  • 130 Little Things of no Consequence 1941 [Article. Strictly Personal, 1941.]
  • 131 We Have Been Betrayed 1941 [Article. Strictly Personal, 1941.]
  • 132 Escape to America 1941 [Article. Strictly Personal, 1941.]
  • 133 Theatre 1941 [Article. Never reprinted in book form?]
  • 134 Mr Tomkin’s Sitter 1941 [Article. Never reprinted in book form?]
  • 135 The Culture that is to Come 1941 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 136 An Exciting Prospect 1941 [Article. Never reprinted in book form?]
  • 137 Paintings I Have Liked 1941 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 138 The Hour Before Dawn 1941 [Novel. Doubleday, 1942.]
  • 139 Why Do You Dislike Us? 1942 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 140 To Know About England and the English 1942 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 141 Morale Made in America 1942 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 142 The Happy Couple 1943 [Short story. Creatures of Circumstance, 1947.]
  • 143 Virtue 1943 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 144 Unconquered 1943 [Short story. Creatures of Circumstance, 1947.]
  • 145 The Captain and Miss Reid (later retitled as Winter Cruise) 1943
  • 146 Reading and Writing and You 1943 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 147 We Have a Common Heritage 1943 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 148 The Terrorist 1943 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 149 Write about What You Know 1943 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 150 The Razor’s Edge 1943 [Novel. Heinemann, Doubleday, 1944.]
  • 151 How I Like to Play Bridge 1944 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 152 In Defence of Who-Done-Its 1945 [Article. Never reprinted in book form?]
  • 153 What Reading Can Do For You 1945 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 154 The Colonel’s Lady 1946 [Short story. Creatures of Circumstance, 1947.]
  • 155 A Woman of Fifty 1946 [Short story. Creatures of Circumstance, 1947.]
  • 156 Function of the Writer 1946 [Article. Never reprinted in book form?]
  • 157 Then and Now 1946 [Novel. Heinemann, Doubleday, 1946.]
  • 158 Behind the Story 1946 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 159 Episode 1947 [Short story. Creatures of Circumstance, 1947.]
  • 160 The Point of Honour 1947 [Short story. Creatures of Circumstance, 1947.]
  • 161 What Should a Novel Do? 1947 [Article. Never reprinted in book form?]
  • 162 The Romantic Young Lady 1947 [Short story. Creatures of Circumstance, 1947.]
  • 163 Gustave Flaubert and Madame Bovary 1947 [Essay. Great Novelists and Their Novels, 1948.]
  • 164 Henry Fielding and Tom Jones 1947 [Essay. Great Novelists and Their Novels, 1948.]
  • 165 Honoré de Balzac and Old Man Goriot 1948 [Essay. Great Novelists and Their Novels, 1948.]
  • 166 Emily Brontë and Wuthering Heights 1948 [Essay. Great Novelists and Their Novels, 1948.]
  • 167 Fyodor Dostoevsky and the Brothers Karamazov 1948 [Essay. Great Novelists and Their Novels, 1948.]
  • 168 Stendhal and the Red and the Black 1948 [Essay. Great Novelists and Their Novels, 1948.]
  • 169 Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice 1948 [Essay. Great Novelists and Their Novels, 1948.]
  • 170 Herman Melville and Moby Dick 1948 [Essay. Great Novelists and Their Novels, 1948.]
  • 171 Charles Dickens and David Copperfield 1948 [Essay. Great Novelists and Their Novels, 1948.]
  • 172 Catalina 1948 [Novel. Heinemann, Doubleday, 1948.]
  • 173 Spanish Journey 1948 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 174 Ten Best Sellers 1948 [Probably excerpts from Great Novelists and Their Novels, 1948?]
  • 175 A Writer’s Notebook 1949 [Notes. Heinemann, Doubleday, 1949.]
  • 176 Augustus 1949/1950 [Essay. The Vagrant Mood, 1952,]
  • 177 Zurbaran 1950 [Essay. The Vagrant Mood, 1952,]
  • 178 After Reading Burke 1950/1951 [Essay. The Vagrant Mood, 1952,]
  • 179 Somerset Maugham Tells a Story of the Lady from Poonay 1951 [Speech. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 180 The Bidding Started Slowly 1952 [Article.]
  • 181 Looking Back on Eighty Years 1954 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 182 Somerset Maugham and the Greatest Novels 1954 [Essays. Ten Novels and Their Authors, 1954.]
  • 183 The Perfect Gentleman 1955
  • 184 On Having My Portrait Painted 1959 [Article. Traveller in Romance, 1984.]
  • 185 Credo of a Story Teller 1959 [Essay. Points of View, 1958.]
  • 186 On the Approach of Middle Age 1960 [Article. Traveller in Romance, c. 1984.]
  • 187 Looking Back 1962 [Memoirs. Three parts. Never published in book form.]

Short Stories[edit]

Short Story Collections

1. Orientations (1899), 6 pieces.
2. The Trembling of a Leaf (1921), 6 pieces
3. The Casuarina Tree (1926), 6 pieces.
4. Ashenden (1928), 6 pieces.
5. First Person Singular (1931), 6 pieces.
6. Ah King (1933), 6 pieces.
7. Cosmopolitans (1936), 29 pieces.
8. The Mixture as Before (1940), 10 pieces.
9. Creatures of Circumstance (1947), 15 pieces.

Notes:

The original volume Ashenden (1928) actually contained 16 chapters; 15 of them were later merged into six long short stories; one was omitted.

Short Stories in Travel Books

There are seven short stories which made their first appearances in book form as parts of Maugham's travel books:

On a Chinese Screen (1922)
1. The Consul
2. The Taipan

The Gentleman in the Parlour (1930)
1. Mabel (Chapter VI)
2. Masterson (Chapter X)
3. Princess September (Chapter XXXII)
4. A Marriage of Convenience (Chapter XXXIV)
5. Mirage (Chapter XLIII)

Notes

The titles given above are those used in Maugham's collections of short stories.

Princess September was first published as he Princess and the Nightingale in Queen's Dolls' House Library (1924). In 1939 it appeared as a pamphlet under the same title.

A Marriage of Convenience is a rewritten version of the early short story with the same name that is reprinted in Seventeen Lost Stories (1969).

In magazines Masterson, Mabel and Princess September were published as On the Road to Mandalay (1929), The Woman Who Wouldn't Take a Hint (1924) and The Princess and the Nightingale (1922), respectively. Mirage appeared under the same title (1929).

Mirage, Princess September and A Marriage of Convenience also appeared as The Opium Addict, September's Bird and The French Governor, respectively, in a volume titled The Maugham Reader (1950, Doubleday, with an Introduction by Glenway Wescott).

Collected Editions of Maugham's Short Stories

There are three major, multi-volume collections of Maugham's short stories. They all contain exactly the same 91 pieces: 84 from all collections save Orientations (1899) and 7 pieces from the travel books.

The Complete Short Stories. Heinemann, 1951, 3 vols.

The Complete Short Stories. Doubleday, 1952, 2 vols., First American Edition.
Vol. 1: East and West (1934).
Vol. 2: The World Over (1952).

The Collected Short Stories. Penguin, 1963, 4 vols. Reprinted later by Pan, Mandarin, Vintage.

Raymond Toole Stott considers the Heinemann edition to be definitive. The edition in four volumes titled The Collected Short Stories is virtually identical with Heinemann's. Few slight changes in the order and in the prefaces were made to accommodate one volume more.

The First American Edition contains the same stories and the order is again chosen by Maugham, but the prefaces are very different. The First volume - East and West - was first published in 1934 and contained a new 26 pp. preface. It includes the 30 pieces from all collections published between 1921 and 1933. The Second volume - The World Over - was first published in 1952 and contained a new preface.

Short Stories in Posthumously Published Volumes

Seventeen Lost Stories. Doubleday, 1969. Edited by Craig Showalter.

Contents

1. A Bad Example (1899)
2. Daisy (1899)
3. De Amicitia (1899)
4. Faith (1899)
5. The Choice of Amyntas (1899)
6. The Punctiliousness of Don Sebastian (1899)
7. Lady Habart (1900)
8. Cupid and the Vicar of Swale (1900)
9. Pro Patria (1903)
10. A Point of Law (1903)
11. An Irish Gentleman (1904)
12. A Marriage of Convenience (1906)
13. Flirtation (1906, written in 1904)
14. The Fortunate Painter (1908)
15. Good Manners (1907)
16. Cousin Amy (1908)
17. The Happy Couple (1908)

Notes

The volume contains 17 early short stories first published between 1899 and 1908, including the six from Orientations (1899). None of the other 11 had ever appeared in book form before but they were all published in magazines between 1900 and 1908.

A Marriage of Convenience was later significantly rewritten and published as part of the travel book The Gentleman in the Parlour (1930).

Cousin Amy was later significantly rewritten and published under the title The Luncheon in the short story collection Cosmopolitans (1936).

The Happy Couple was later significantly rewritten and published under the same name in the short story collection Creatures of Circumstance (1947).

Traveller in Romance. Clarkson N. Potter, 1984. Edited by John Whitehead.

Contains the following short stories:

1. The Spanish Priest, Illustrated London News (1906)
2. The Making of Millionaire, Lady's Realm (1906)
3. A Traveller in Romance, Printer's Pie Annual (1909)
4. The Buried Talent, Nash's Magazine (1934)

Notes

The volume contains 65 short pieces spanning 63 years of Maugham's life never published before in any of his books, including four short stories.

The Buried Talent can also be found in the collection Far Eastern Tales (Mandarin, Vintage), selected by John Whitehead.

Uncollected Stories

1. A Really Nice Story: A Short Tale, Black & White, Nov. 30, 1901, pp. 768–769.

2. The Image of the Virgin: A Short Story, Black & White, Dec. 14, 1901, pp. 840–842

3. The Criminal, Lloyd's Weekly News, July 31, 1904, p. 14.

Total Number of Somerset Maugham's Short Stories

Maugham wrote more than 115 short stories which can be distributed thus:

The Complete Short Stories (1951) - 91 short stories (84 pieces from all collections but Orientations plus 7 pieces from the travel books);

Seventeen Lost Stories (1969) - 17 short stories (all from Orientations plus 11 magazine pieces);

Traveller in Romance (1984) - 4 short stories (miscellaneous pieces from magazines that had never before been published in book form).

To these 112 pieces another three should be added. The latter have come to light only recently and have never been collected in book form, although all of them appeared in periodicals between 1901 and 1904.

What follows is a complete list of all Somerset Maugham's short stories ever published; the final and most well-known titles are given. In square brackets: the year of first publication - usually, but not always, in a magazine - and the alternative title, if any. If the story has never been published in magazine, the first appearance in book form is given, including the title of the volume. The list contains only 110 entries because in two cases (6, 76) different versions published under the same title are merged, and the three recently discovered stories are inserted in between.

  • 1. A Bad Example [1899, Orientations]
  • 2. A Casual Affair [1934]
  • 3. A Friend in Need [1925, as The Man Who Wouldn't Hurt a Fly]
  • 4. A Man from Glasgow [never published in magazine; 1947, Creatures of Circumstance]
  • 5. A Man with a Conscience [1939]
  • 6. A Marriage of Convenience [1906, early version; 1929, late version.]
  • 7. A Point of Law [1903]
  • 7a. A Really Nice Story [1901]
  • 8. A String of Beads [1927, as Pearls]
  • 9. A Traveller in Romance [1909]
  • 10. A Woman of Fifty [1946]
  • 11. An Irish Gentleman [1904]
  • 12. An Official Position [1937]
  • 13. Appearance and Reality [1934]
  • 14. Before the Party [1923]
  • 15. Cousin Amy (1908, early version of The Luncheon)
  • 16. Cupid and The Vicar of Swale (1900)
  • 17. Daisy [1899, Orientations]
  • 18. De Amicitia [1899, Orientations]
  • 19. Episode [1947]
  • 20. Faith [1899, Orientations]
  • 21. Flirtation (1906)
  • 22. Flotsam and Jetsam [1940]
  • 23. Footprints in the Jungle [1927]
  • 24. French Joe [1926, as Another Man Without a Country]
  • 25. German Harry [1924]
  • 26. Gigolo and Gigolette [1935]
  • 27. Giulia Lazzari [1928]
  • 28. Good Manners (1907)
  • 29. His Excellency [1927]
  • 30. Home [1924, as Home from the Sea]
  • 31. Honolulu [1921]
  • 32. In a Strange Land [1924]
  • 33. Jane [1923]
  • 34. Lady Habart (1900)
  • 35. Lord Mountdrago [1939, as Doctor and Patient]
  • 36. Louise [1925, as The Most Selfish Woman I Ever Knew]
  • 37. Mabel [1924, as The Woman Who Wouldn't Take a Hint]
  • 38. Mackintosh [1920]
  • 39. Masterson [1929, as On the Road to Mandalay]
  • 40. Mayhew [1923]
  • 41. Mirage [1929]
  • 42. Miss King [1928]
  • 43. Mr Harrington’s Washing [1928]
  • 44. Mr Know-All [1925]
  • 45. Neil MacAdam [1932, as The Temptation of Neil MacAdam]
  • 46. P & O [1923, as Bewitched]
  • 47. Princess September [1922, as The Princess and the Nightingale]
  • 48. Pro Patria [1903]
  • 49. Rain [1921, as Miss Thompson]
  • 50. Raw Material [1923, as The Imposters]
  • 51. Red [1921]
  • 52. Salvatore [1924, as Salvatore the Fisherman]
  • 53. Sanatorium [1938]
  • 54. Straight Flush [1929]
  • 55. The Alien Corn [1931]
  • 56. The Ant and the Grasshopper [1924]
  • 57. The Back of Beyond [1931, as The Right Thing is the Kind Thing]
  • 58. The Book Bag [never published in magazine; 1932, The Book-Bag, ed. Ray Long.]
  • 59. The Bum [1929, as A Derelict]
  • 60. The Buried Talent [1934]
  • 61. The Choice of Amyntas [1899, Orientations]
  • 62. The Closed Shop [1926]
  • 63. The Colonel’s Lady [1946]
  • 64. The Consul [1922, as Mr Pete]
  • 65. The Creative Impulse [1926]
  • 65a. The Criminal [1904]
  • 66. The Door of Opportunity [1931]
  • 67. The Dream [1924]
  • 68. The End of the Flight [1926]
  • 69. The Escape [1925, as The Widow's Might]
  • 70. The Facts of Life [1939]
  • 71. The Fall of Edward Barnard [1921]
  • 72. The Force of Circumstance [1924]
  • 73. The Fortunate Painter [1908]
  • 74. The Four Dutchmen [1928]
  • 75. The Hairless Mexican [1927]
  • 76. The Happy Couple [1908, early version; 1943, late version.]
  • 77. The Happy Man [1924]
  • 78. The Human Element [1930]
  • 78a. The Image of the Virgin [1901]
  • 79. The Judgement Seat [never published in magazine; 1934, pamphlet.]
  • 80. The Kite [never published in magazine, 1947, Creatures of Circumstance]
  • 81. The Letter [1924]
  • 82. The Lion’s Skin [1937]
  • 83. The Lotus Eater [1935]
  • 84. The Luncheon [1924, late version of Cousin Amy]
  • 85. The Making of a Millionaire [1906]
  • 86. The Man with the Scar [1925]
  • 87. The Mother [1909, early version; 1947, late version.]
  • 88. The Outstation [1924]
  • 89. The Poet [1925, as The Great Man]
  • 90. The Point of Honour [1947]
  • 91. The Pool [1921]
  • 92. The Portrait of a Gentleman [1925, as The Code of a Gentleman]
  • 93. The Promise [1925, as An Honest Woman]
  • 94. The Punctiliousness of Don Sebastian [1899, Orientations]
  • 95. The Romantic Young Lady [1947]
  • 96. The Round Dozen [1923]
  • 97. The Social Sense [1929, as The Extraordinary Sex]
  • 98. The Spanish Priest [1906]
  • 99. The Taipan [1922]
  • 100. The Three Fat Women of Antibes [1933]
  • 101. The Traitor [1927]
  • 102. The Treasure [1934, as The Best Ever]
  • 103. The Unconquered [1943]
  • 104. The Verger [1929, as The Man Who Made His Mark]
  • 105. The Vessel of Wrath [1931]
  • 106. The Voice of the Turtle [1935]
  • 107. The Wash-Tub [1929, as In Hiding]
  • 108. The Yellow Streak [1925]
  • 109. Virtue [1931]
  • 110. Winter Cruise [1943, as The Captain and Miss Reid]

A brief bibliography of the separate volumes follows.

SOMERSET MAUGHAM'S SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS
[first published in magazine under alternative title if any]

1. Orientations.

Short Publication History and Contents

  • T. Fisher Unwin, 1899. First Edition. No American Edition.
  • A Bad Example [never published in magazine]
  • Daisy [never published in magazine]
  • De Amicitia [never published in magazine]
  • Faith [never published in magazine]
  • The Choice of Amyntas [never published in magazine]
  • The Punctiliousness of Don Sebastian [1898, as Don Sebastian]

Notes

  • Don Sebastian is Maugham's first published short story ever.
  • All six stories are reprinted in Seventeen Lost Stories, ed. Craig Showalter (1968).

2. The Trembling of a Leaf. Little Stories from the South Sea Islands.

Short Publication History and Contents

  • George H. Doran, 1921. First Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1921. First English Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1935. The Collected Edition. New 4pp Preface.
  • Heron, 1968. Contains the 1935 preface.
  • I. The Pacific [Introduction]
  • II. Mackintosh [1920]
  • III. The Fall of Edward Barnard [1921]
  • IV. Red [1921]
  • V. The Pool [1921]
  • VI. Honolulu [1921]
  • VII. Rain [1921, as Miss Thompson]
  • VIII. Envoi [Epilogue]

3. The Casuarina Tree.

Short Publication History and Contetns

  • Heinemann, 1926. First Edition. Contains an original preface and postscript.
  • George H. Doran, 1926. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1935. The Collected Edition. Contains the original preface.
  • The Casuarina Tree [preface]
  • The Letter [1924]
  • Before the Party [1923]
  • P. & O. [1923, as Bewitched]
  • The Outstation [1924]
  • The Force of Circumstance [1924]
  • The Yellow Streak [1925]
  • Postscript

4. Ashenden. Or the British Agent.

Short Publication History and Contents

  • Heinemann, 1928. First Edition.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1928. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1934. The Collected Edition. New 6pp Preface.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1941. New 7pp Preface, slightly expanded from the 1934 Preface.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Contains the 1934 Preface.

1. R. - 2. A Domiciliary Visit - 3. Miss King - 4. The Hairless Mexican - 5. The Dark Woman - 6. The Greek - 7. A Trip to Paris - 8. Giulia Lazzari - 9. Gustav - 10. The Traitor - 11. Behind the Scenes - 12. His Excellency - 13. The Flip of a Coin - 14. A Chance Acquaintance - 15. Love and Russian Literature - 16. Mr. Harrington's Washing

15 of chapters were later merged into six short stories:

  • Chapters 1 to 3 later merged into Miss King
  • Chapters 4 to 6 later merged into The Hairless Mexican
  • Chapters 7 and 8 later merged into Giulia Lazzari
  • Chapters 9 and 10 later merged into The Traitor
  • Chapters 11 and 12 later merged in His Excellency
  • Chapters 14 to 16 later merged into Mr. Harrington's Washing

Notes

  • Chapter 13, The Flip of a Coin, was never published separately.

5. Six Stories Written in the First Person Singular.

Short Publication History and Contents

  • Doubleday Doran, 1931. First Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1931. First English Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1936. The Collected Edition. New 5pp Preface.
  • [Preface]
  • Virtue [1931]
  • The Round Dozen [1923]
  • The Human Element [1930]
  • Jane [1923]
  • The Alien Corn [1931]
  • The Creative Impulse [1926]

6. Ah King.

Short Publication History and Contents

  • Heinemann, 1933. First Edition. Original preface.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1933. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1936. The Collected Edition. New 6pp. Preface, expanded from the original one.
  • Ah King [Preface]
  • Footprints in the Jungle [1927]
  • The Door of Opportunity [1931]
  • The Vessel of Wrath [1931]
  • The Book-Bag [never published in magazine]
  • The Back of Beyond [1931, as The Right Thing is the Kind Thing]
  • Neil Macadam [1932, as The Temptation of Neil MacAdam]

7. Cosmopolitans.

Short Publication History and Contents

  • Doubleday Doran, 1936. First Edition. Original preface.
  • Heinemann, 1936. First English Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1938. The Collected Edition. Contains the original preface.
  • Preface
  • Raw Material [1923, as The Imposters]
  • Mayhew [1923]
  • German Harry [1924]
  • The Happy Man [1924]
  • The Dream [1924]
  • In a Strange Land [1924]
  • The Luncheon [1924]
  • Salvatore [1924, as Salvatore the Fisherman]
  • Home [1924, as Home from the Sea]
  • Mr. Know-All [1925]
  • The Escape [1925, as The Widow's Might]
  • A Friend in Need [1925, as The Man Who Wouldn't Hurt a Fly]
  • The Portrait of a Gentleman [1925, as The Code of a Gentleman]
  • The End of the Flight [1926]
  • The Judgement Seat [never published in magazine]
  • The Ant and the Grasshopper [1924]
  • French Joe [1926, as Another Man Without a Country]
  • The Man with the Scar [1925]
  • The Poet [1925, as The Great Man]
  • Louise [1925, as The Most Selfish Woman I Ever Knew]
  • The Closed Shop [1926]
  • The Promise [1925, as An Honest Woman]
  • A String of Beads [1927, as Pearls]
  • The Bum [1929, as A Derelict]
  • Straight Flush [1929]
  • The Verger [1929, as The Man Who Made His Mark]
  • The Wash Tub [1929, as In Hiding]
  • The Social Sense [1929, as The Extraordinary Sex]
  • The Four Dutchmen [1928]

Notes

  • The Luncheon is a significantly rewritten version of Cousin Amy which was first published in magazine in 1908 but had to wait more than 60 years to appear in book form: Seventeen Lost Stories (1969).

8. The Mixture as Before.

Short Publication History and Contents

  • Heinemann, 1940. First Edition. Original Foreword.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1940. First American Edition.
  • Foreword
  • The Three Fat Women of Antibes [1933]
  • A Man with a Conscience [1939]
  • The Treasure [1934, as The Best Ever]
  • The Lotus Eater[1935]
  • The Lion's Skin [1937]
  • Lord Mountdrago [1939, as Doctor and Patient]
  • Gigolo and Gigolette [1935]
  • The Voice of the Turtle [1935]
  • An Official Position [1937]
  • The Facts of Life [1939]

9. Creatures of Circumstance.

Short Publication History and Contents

  • Heinemann, 1947. First Edition. Original preface.
  • Doubleday, 1947. First American Edition.
  • The Author Excuses Himself [Preface]
  • The Colonel's Lady [1946]
  • Flotsam and Jetsam [1940]
  • Appearance and Reality [1934]
  • The Mother [1947]
  • Sanatorium [1938]
  • A Woman of Fifty [1946]
  • The Romantic Young Lady [1947]
  • A Casual Affair [1934]
  • The Point of Honour [1947]
  • Winter Cruise [1943, as The Captain and Miss Reid]
  • The Happy Couple [1943]
  • A Man from Glasgow [never published in magazine]
  • The Unconquered [1943]
  • Episode [1947]
  • The Kite [never published in magazine]

The Mother was first published in magazine in 1909 and later was only slightly revised for its inclusion in book form. The early version was first appeared in book form in The Cassell Miscellany (1958).

The Happy Couple was first published in Cassell's Magazine in 1908 but later significantly rewritten. The later version appeared in Redbook (February, 1943) and in Creatures of Circumstance four years later. The early version is reprinted in Seventeen Lost Stories (1969).

A Man from Glasgow exists as an early version titled Told in the Inn at Algeciras. It is reprinted in The Ash-Tree Press Annual Macabre, 1999, ed. Jack Adrian.

Contributions to books by other writers[edit]

  • Maugham also edited and finished the autobiography of the Victorian actor Sir Charles Hawtrey (1858–1923), called "The Truth at Last", which was posthumously published in (1924).
  • Maugham wrote the preface for Doris Arthur Jones' "What a Life!" (1932).
  • Contribution to a tribute programme to Marie Tempest (1935).
  • Preface to the catalogue of an exhibition of Sir Gerald Kelly (1950).
  • "Eddie Marsh" (1953).
  • Introduction by Maugham to "Without Veils", biography of Gladys Cooper by Sewell Stokes,(1953)
  • Introduction to "The Artist and the Theatre - The story of the paintings collected and presented to the National Theatre by W.Somerset Maugham" by Raymond Mander and Joe Michenson (1955).
  • Maugham also wrote the preface for the edition of "Letters from Madame de Sevigne" selected and translated by Violet Hammersley (1955).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Stott, Raymond Toole, 1973, A bibliography of the works of W. Somerset Maugham, The University of Alberta Press, ISBN 0-88864-004-8.
  2. ^ The Works of W. Somerset Maugham: A Catalogue of the Collection of Norman F. Moore