William Somerset Maugham and Adoption

photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1934


Maugham was orphaned at the age of 10 and raised by an uncle. He trained as a doctor but was wealthy enough to be able not to work and to devote his time to writing.

His 60-plus books include Of Human Bondage, Razor's Edge, The Narrow Corner, Catalina, The Magician, The Casuarina Tree and The Moon and Sixpence.

He was a stutterer and bisexual.


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