Somerset Maugham: Author and Playwright (01:05)
Maugham's accomplishments span a 52 year career.
Somerset Maugham's Book Bag (02:37)
Somerset Maugham refuses to write about his journey to the Far East despite pressure from the press. He takes along many books to enjoy on his vacation.
Somerset Maugham on Shaping the Story (02:01)
Maugham discusses his writing style. If ideas torment him, he writes them in a book. Not all stories need to be worked out; some come right through.
Somerset Maugham on Human Nature and Novels (01:25)
Somerset Maugham discusses his time at St. Thomas Hospital. He shares his views on the best American Books.
Somerset Maugham's Travels (02:56)
Somerset Maugham is free to roam how and where he wants but settles in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. He expresses his satisfaction in writing fiction. After 15 years of rejection, he sells his first play.
Somerset Maugham Stops Writing Plays (02:35)
Maugham feels to write a good play, one must live the life of the day. He shares his respect or Kipling and affection for contemporary writers.
Maugham's Professional Friends (01:51)
Somerset Maugham shares stories of his friendships with other British and American writers.
Somerset Maugham on Painters (02:32)
Maugham discusses his opinions on contemporary painters. He reflects on his own portrait painted many times and his fondness for one particular artist.
Somerset Maugham on the Arts (02:38)
Somerset Maugham shares his thoughts about French Impressionism and his favorite operas. He reflects on sports and his lack of talent.
Maugham's Advice for Writing (01:39)
Somerset Maugham suggests to young writers to throw "oneself into the hurly-burly of life." He does not believe in attending writing schools.
Somerset Maugham on Literary Masterpieces (02:21)
Somerset Maugham discusses Voltaire and the impact of classic novels on his writing. He discusses on Dostoevsky and Proust.
Somerset Maugham on Novels (02:38)
Somerset Maugham believes that authors who write novels like they speak make a mistake. Maugham writes to entertain himself, not to teach.
Somerset Maugham: Parting Reflections (01:29)
Somerset Maugham does not pattern life, he uses his mistakes for copy. He respects his age and values his life.
Credits: A Conversation with Somerset Maugham—From NBC’s Wisdom Series (01:03)
Credits: A Conversation with Somerset Maugham—From NBC’s Wisdom Series
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