W. Somerset Maugham

1874 - 1965

W. Somerset Maugham

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.Both Maugham's parents died before he was 10, and the orphaned boy was raised 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 1,771,301 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 235th most popular writer.

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Among writers, W. Somerset Maugham ranks 233 out of 4,883Before him are Robert Musil, Taras Shevchenko, Svetlana Alexievich, Mary Wollstonecraft, Karl Adolph Gjellerup, and Nâzım Hikmet. After him are Carlo Goldoni, Philip K. Dick, Pierre Corneille, Henri Charrière, Henry Miller, and Vladimir Mayakovsky.

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Among people born in 1874, W. Somerset Maugham ranks 7Before him are Winston Churchill, Guglielmo Marconi, Robert Frost, Harry Houdini, Arnold Schoenberg, and Howard Carter. After him are Herbert Hoover, Johannes Stark, Chaim Weizmann, Ernst Cassirer, Edward Thorndike, and Max Scheler. Among people deceased in 1965, W. Somerset Maugham ranks 7Before him are Winston Churchill, Le Corbusier, Malcolm X, Albert Schweitzer, Syngman Rhee, and Martin Buber. After him are Stan Laurel, Farouk of Egypt, Edward Victor Appleton, Hermann Staudinger, Moshe Sharett, and Nat King Cole.

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In France

Among people born in France, W. Somerset Maugham ranks 263 out of 4,109Before him are Joseph Fouché (1759), Elisabeth of Valois (1545), William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825), Gabriel Fauré (1845), Nicolas Sarkozy (1955), and Arsène Wenger (1949). After him are Pierre Corneille (1606), Vincent de Paul (1581), Henri Charrière (1906), Chlothar I (498), Berthe Morisot (1841), and Prosper Mérimée (1803).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, W. Somerset Maugham ranks 42Before him are François-René de Chateaubriand (1768), Jean Racine (1639), Stéphane Mallarmé (1842), Colette (1873), Frédéric Mistral (1830), and François de La Rochefoucauld (1613). After him are Pierre Corneille (1606), Henri Charrière (1906), Prosper Mérimée (1803), Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau (1749), Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894), and Antonin Artaud (1896).

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