W. Somerset Maugham

Liza of Lambeth

originally published:
London : T. Fisher Unwin

The first edition, photograph courtesy of a private collector.


  • Burgess 99(1944)
  • Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone(1928)
  • Connolly 100(1926)
  • First Book(1897)
  • Queen's Quorum(1928)
  • Modern Library 100 Best Novels(066)

reference info

bio notes:
born: 1/25/1874
died: 12/16/1965
born as: William Somerset Maugham
nationality: Great Britain

English novelist, playwright, and short-story writer whose work is characterized by a clear, unadorned style, cosmopolitan settings, and a shrewd understanding of human nature. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

Collecting tips:

Maugham was especially prolific. Among our favorites are The Razor's Edge (1944), the American edition preceding the U.K. edition, issued in the U.S. in both a limited and trade edition (the limited had an unprinted glassine jacket - usually missing - and a slipcase, the trade a jacket), The Moon and Sixpence (1919 - the jacket is very scarce), and his first book, Liza of Lambeth (1897 - reportedly issued with a jacket, we've never seen one but suspect that indeed it was). We are intrigued by his many plays, although it can take considerable effort to figure out the various editions and states, even with the good Stott bibliography.

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