Monday, 2 August 2010

Here and There - W. Somerset Maugham

Here and There. Short Stories (London: Heinemann, 1948)

This is a collection of previously published short stories, thus the title. Three more collections of used stories will follow: Quartet (1948), Trio (1950) and Encore (1952), which have been subsequently turned into films. Here is the table of content of the present collection:

  • Three Fat Women of Antibes
  • The Lotus Eater
  • Lord Mountdrago
  • Gigolo and Gigolette
  • An Official Position
  • The Facts of Life
  • Winter Cruise
  • Flotsam and Jetsame
  • Sanatorium
  • Episode
  • Appearance and Reality
  • The Unconquered
  • The Happy Man
  • In a Strange Land
  • The Luncheon
  • Salvatore 
  • Home
  • The End of the Flight
  • The Ant and the Grasshopper
  • The Man with the Scar
  • Louise
  • A String of Beads
  • The Verger
  • The Social Sense
The edition that I have is a first stated edition from Heinemann, with its typical dust wrap. The papers are of poor quality, but first editions with dust jacket are not expensive at all, from US$15 onwards. For those who want a taste of Maugham's short stories, this selection is not bad. For other editions, Search for Here and There, where some very good deals can be found for the first editions.

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