Liza/Lambeth          -     By: W. Somerset Maugham
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Liza/Lambeth

Penguin Books / 1992 / Paperback

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Amid the gloomy, grimy world of South London in the 1890s - a world where sorrows are drowned in drink or occasionally lighted by a day out in the country - Liza grasps at the chance to escape from the poverty and drudgery of her life. She falls into the open arms of Jim, a married man with children. But Vere Street has its rules and conventions, and by overstepping them Liza must face the tragic consequences.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1992
Dimensions: 8.12 X 5.12 (inches)
ISBN: 0140185933
ISBN-13: 9780140185935
Series: Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin

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W. Somerset Maugham’s first novel is about the gloomy, poverty-stricken world of South London in the 1890s and how it affects one young girl who tries to escape from it.

Author Bio

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He afterwards walked the wards of St. Thomas's Hospital with a view to practice in medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), won him over to letters. Something of his hospital experience is reflected, however, in the first of his masterpieces, Of Human Bondage (1915), and with The Moon and Sixpence (1919) his reputation as a novelist was assured.

His position as one of the most successful playwrights on the London stage was being consolidated simultaneously. His first play, A Man of Honour (1903), was followed by a procession of successes just before and after the First World War. (At one point only Bernard Shaw had more plays running at the same time in London.) His theatre career ended with Sheppey (1933). His fame as a short-story writer began with The Trembling of a Leaf, sub-titled Little Stories of the South Sea Islands, in 1921, after which he published more than ten collections.

W. Somerset Maugham's general books are fewer in number. They include travel books, such as On a Chinese Screen (1922) and Don Fernando (1935), essays, criticism, and the self-revealing The Summing Up (1938) and A Writer's Notebook (1949). He became a Companion of Honour in 1954.    

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