The definitive selection of Maugham's best short stories - gorgeously rejacketed in our new series style
The acknowledged master of the short story, the full range of Somerset Maugham's art is represented in this collection. It includes the famous story 'Rain', the tragedy of a narrow-minded and overzealous missionary and a prostitute, and 'The Vessel of Wrath', a tale of the unexpected love that grows between a devout missionary and a drunken reprobate.
In these stories, maugham illustrates his wry perception of human foibles and his genius for evoking compelling drama from an acute sense of time and place.
“His plots are cool and deadly, and his timing is absolutely flawless”
“The short story was Maugham's true metier, and the stories he wrote are among the best in the language”
“One of our great story-tellers”
“At his best he can tell a story as well as any man alive or dead”