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Topic N6 ("My Favourite Writer")

I'm fond of reading. My favourite writer is William Somerset

Maugham and i would like to tell about his biography.

William Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and spent his childhood

in Paris in the family of a British diplomat. Having lost his

parents at an early age, he went to live in England with his

uncle, who was a clergyman. He was educated at King's school in

Canterbury studied painting in Paris, went to Heidelbury University

in Germany and spent six years at St.Thomas Hospital in England

studying to be a doctor. He was an unsatisfactory medical student

for his heart wasn't in medicin. He wanted, he had always wanted

to be a writer and in the evening after his tea, he wrote and read.

In 1897 he wrote a novel called "Liza of Lambeth", sent it

to a publisher and it was accepted. It was something of a

success. So William Somerset Maugham decided to abandon his

medical profession and he did it with relif. The next ten years

were very hard on him. He learned the terrible difficulties of

making a living by writing. But he survived. He became a famous

writer. He never regretted the five years he had spent at the

hospital. They taught him pretty well all he knew about human

nature.

The novel "The moon and sixpence" (1919) is based on the

life of the artist Paul Gauguin was an immediate success. Maugham

went to Tahiti and lived in Gauguin's hut while writing the book.

His fame as a short story writer began with "The Trembling of a

leaf". Since then he wrote many collections of books, essays and

criticism. Many of his books and stories came out of his

extensive travels in the East. His autobiographical books "The

summing up" and "A writer's Notebook" are remarkable for both

style and sincerity. His books have been reprinted many times.

In 1927 William Somerset Maugham settled in the South of

France and lived there until his death in 1965.

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