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Livrologia

Livrologia

24
Nov18

A manifestation of affection made him feel a fool

Resultado de imagem para maugham youngO jovem Maugham @ www.pinterest.pt

 

In a revealingly autobiographical novel written in his early twenties and never published, Maugham gives a portrait of himself as a young man, one who had experienced so little happiness in life that he did not know how to cope when people were kind to him; and forty years later there appears a telling entry in his notebook:

He had had so little love when he was small that later it embarrassed him to be loved... He did not know what to say when someone paid him a compliment, and a manifestation of affection made him feel a fool.

 

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham - Selina Hastings

21
Nov18

Even in great old age he would admit that he had never got over his mother's death

Somerset Maugham, na sua inf√Ęncia @¬†www.angelfire.com

 

With his mother's death the world in which Willie had been so safe and happy ended abruptly and for ever. His brothers, who had been summoned to the death-bed, shortly afterwards returned to England, and Willie was left to cope with his profound and terrible grief as best he could.

The child's love for his mother was passionate and unreasoning, and having lost her when he did he was never able to come to terms with her loss. He kept the last photograph of her beside his bed throughout his life, together with a long tress of her hair, his two most treasured possessions, and even in great old age he would admit that he had never got over his mother's death.

 

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham - Selina Hastings

21
Nov18

For Willie his mother was the centre of his entire existence

For Willie his mother was the centre of his entire existence. He loved her unreservedly and felt completely secure in her love for him. While his father remained a shadowy presence and barely impinged upon his consciousness, his mother's attention, he knew, was always his; nothing mattered to him much that did not concern the sweet intimacy that existed between himself and her.

 

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham - Selina Hastings

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