W. Somerset Maugham

1874 - 1965

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William Somerset Maugham ( MAWM; 25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) was an English playwright, novelist, and short-story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930s.Maugham's parents both died before he was 10, and the orphaned boy was raised in Whitstable, Kent by a paternal uncle, who was emotionally cold. He did not want to become a lawyer like other men in his family, so he trained and qualified as a physician. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of W. Somerset Maugham has received more than 2,213,174 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). W. Somerset Maugham is the 232nd most popular writer (up from 233rd in 2019), the 270th most popular biography from France (down from 262nd in 2019) and the 44th most popular French Writer.

W. Somerset Maugham is most famous for his short stories and his novel The Razor's Edge.

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Among writers, W. Somerset Maugham ranks 232 out of 5,794Before him are Jacob Grimm, Nikos Kazantzakis, Robert Musil, Emily Dickinson, Lope de Vega, and Svetlana Alexievich. After him are Wisława Szymborska, Anacreon, Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Bartolomé de las Casas, Guillaume de Machaut, and William Golding.

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Among people born in 1874, W. Somerset Maugham ranks 9Before him are Robert Frost, Arnold Schoenberg, Harry Houdini, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Edward Thorndike, and Howard Carter. After him are Herbert Hoover, Chaim Weizmann, Ernst Cassirer, Max Scheler, Johannes Stark, and Alexander Kolchak. Among people deceased in 1965, W. Somerset Maugham ranks 7Before him are Winston Churchill, Malcolm X, Le Corbusier, Albert Schweitzer, Syngman Rhee, and Martin Buber. After him are Stan Laurel, Farouk of Egypt, Eli Cohen, T. S. Eliot, Nat King Cole, and Moshe Sharett.

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In France

Among people born in France, W. Somerset Maugham ranks 270 out of 5,234Before him are Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan (1611), Louis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême (1775), Pope Urban IV (1185), Louis Antoine de Saint-Just (1767), Pope Clement IV (1190), and Josquin des Prez (1450). After him are Constantine II (316), Jeanne Baret (1740), Claude Lorrain (1600), William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825), Pope Martin IV (1220), and Jean-Martin Charcot (1825).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, W. Somerset Maugham ranks 44Before him are Stéphane Mallarmé (1842), Henri Charrière (1906), François de La Rochefoucauld (1613), Colette (1873), Pierre Corneille (1606), and Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894). After him are Guillaume de Machaut (1300), Prosper Mérimée (1803), Alphonse Daudet (1840), Germaine de Staël (1766), Frédéric Mistral (1830), and Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau (1749).