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Livrologia

by Miss X

Livrologia

by Miss X

27
Mai19

As leituras levam-me sempre por caminhos inesperados

 

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As leituras levam-me sempre por caminhos inesperados e, de vez em quando, deixo livros a meio. S√£o raros aqueles que n√£o li completamente, porque a eles sempre volto para os concluir e fechar a √ļltima p√°gina.

 

Um desses casos é The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham de Selina Hastings que deixei a meio para perseguir Eliot, Duras, Clarice e Cecília. A biografia de Maugham, apesar de temporariamente esquecida, regressa pouco a pouco às minhas leituras.

Maugham não é e dificilmente será um dos meus autores favoritos, mas a vida dele agrada-me, por mais que não seja, por puro entretenimento. 

22
Dez18

Why shouldn't all the theatres in London be Maughamised?

SATURDAY.pngSaturday Review, volume 99, 1905 @ archive.org

 

Max Beerbohm in the Saturday Review hailed Somerset Maugham as "the hero of the year... [whose] name is a household word even in households where the theatre is held unclean."

 

With four plays running, why not five?

 

Max speculated:

Five plays running simultaneously! Stupendous!... Yet, after all, what are five theatres among so many? Why shouldn't all the theatres in London be Maughamised?

 

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham - Selina Hastings

 

20
Dez18

Both of us obstinately refused to pretend to admire what really we did not admire

O pintor Gerald Kelly, amigo de Maugham

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Nonetheless they [Gerald Kelly and Somerset Maugham] had a number of attributes in common: they were both tolerant and unshockable, both had a quick wit and a hot temper, although Maugham was better at controlling his; they both had a passion for travel; and they took pride in their intellectual integrity:

Both of us obstinately refused to pretend to admire what really we did not admire - even when we had been told we should admire it.

-said Kelly.

 

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham - Selina Hastings

17
Dez18

Writing books about it

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 Violet Hunt, um dos muitos amores de Somerset Maugham

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Maugham wrote to Violet Hunt:

Most of what one writes is to a greater or lesser degree autobiographical, not the actual incidents always, but always the emotions...

When one has to suffer so much it is only fair that one should have the consolation of writing books about it.

 

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham - Selina Hastings

08
Dez18

I learned pretty well everything I know about human nature

Somerset MaughamSomerset Maugham por David Levine

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In October 1897, Maugham received his diploma from St Thoma's qualifying him to practise as MRCS (Member of the Royal College of Surgeons) and LRCP (Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians).

 

Somewhat to his surprise the Senior Obstetric Physician offered him an appointment, but with his ambition set on a career as a writer he turned it down. He had proved himself competent in medicine and in later life he would always acknowledge the debt he owed to his training.

 

"I think", he wrote in old age, "I learned pretty well everything I know about human nature in the 5 years I spent at St Thoma's Hospital".

 

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham - Selina Hastings

06
Dez18

This is the story of a nine days wonder in a Lambeth slum

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Liza of Lambeth, written in three French school-exercise books, was completed in six months, and on 14 January 1897 the manuscript dispatched to Unwin, with a descriptive note, typically pessimistic, attached.

This is the story of a nine days wonder in a Lambeth slum... [which] shows that in this world nothing very much matters, and that in Vere Street, Lambeth, nothing matters at all.

 

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham - Selina Hastings