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Up at the Villa by W. Somerset Maugham 1948 - Phoenix


Title: Up at the Villa
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Publisher: Phoenix Publishing
Publication Date: 1948
Format: Softcover
Condition: This book is in a good condition for its age. The spine is creased and the covers have markings.

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Reader's note

Bright and blue! This beautiful book can take pride of place in any library! This book is also brilliantly summarised by the author in his preface - Up at the Villa is a novelette. I had long had in mind its central episode, that in which a woman of uncommon beauty gives herself to a man she hardly knows, not out of love or lust, but out of pity. But it was just one out of perhaps a dozen ideas that now and then suggested themselves to me, that I thought about from time to time, but which for one reason or another I never used. One day when I was in New York the editor of a woman's magazine asked me to lunch and told me that she would very much like me to write a short novel for her that could be serialised in three or four numbers. I was in a good mood that day and, improvising as I went along, I proceeded to tell her in some detail a story centring round that particular episode. It pleased her and she commissioned me to write it. But when I had finished it and she read it, she was shocked. She said it wasn't at all the sort of thing to suit her readers. - will this shock you too? Find out by adding it to your bookshelf!