Extollager and Gollum have been doing a great job setting up about about a million literary fiction threads, so I thought I'd shoulder some of the burden by setting up one. This is for discussion of a 20th century author who I think gets a little less attention as one of the great authors of last century than they should, namely W. Somerset Maugham. I've been a fan of Maugham since I first read the Moon and Sixpence as a young man about 30 years ago. Maugham (1874 - 1965) was I believe the most successful author of the 1930's (financially) and so was clearly very popular in his day. He wrote many great works, most notably novels such as "Of Human Bondage" and many excellent short stories. Orwell considered him the greatest influence on his own work and writing style. I have read and very much enjoyed the following works by Maugham: The Moon and Sixpence The Magician The Narrow Corner The Razor's Edge The Painted Veil I intend to read more whenever I get time. Anyone else here a fan? And what do you particularly recommend that I've not read (outside of Human Bondage, which clearly sticks out as an omission on my part)?