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In 1938 Maugham wrote, "Fact and fiction are so intermingled in my work that now, looking back on it, I can hardly distinguish one from the other." Maugham also wrote that most of his short stories were inspired by accounts he heard firsthand during his travels to the lonely outposts of the British Empire. His beautifully restrained prose allowed him to explore the tensions and passions of isolated white colonists without the use of cloying melodrama.

In volume three of this series, we present all of the remaining short stories which Maugham published after World War I and which he subsequently caused to be republished in various collections. The stories in volume three are:

  • 1. The Buried Talent
  • 2. French Joe
  • 3. German Harry
  • 4. The Four Dutchmen
  • 5. The End of the Flight
  • 6. Flotsam and Jetsam
  • 7. A Casual Affair
  • 8. Mr. KnowAll
  • 9. Straight Flush
  • 10. The Portrait of a Gentleman
  • 11. Raw Material
  • 12. A Friend in Need
  • 13. The Dream
  • 14. The Taipan
  • 15. The Consul
  • 16. Mirage
  • 17. Mabel
  • 18. Masterson
  • 19. A Marriage of Convenience
  • 20. Princess September
  • 21. In a Strange Land
  • 22. The Lotus Eater
  • 23. Salvatore
  • 24. The WashTub
  • 25. Mayhew
  • 26. The Happy Man
  • 27. The Point of Honor
  • 28. The Mother
  • 29. The Romantic Young Lady
  • 30. The Poet
  • 31. A Man from Glasgow
  • 32. The Lion's Skin
  • 33. The Three Fat Women of Antibes
  • 34. The Happy Couple
  • 35. The Voice of the Turtle
  • 36. The Facts of Life
  • 37. Gigolo and Gigolette
  • 38. Appearance and Reality
  • 39. The Luncheon
  • 40. The Unconquered
  • 41. The Ant and the Grasshopper
  • 42. Home
  • 43. The Escape
  • 44. The Judgement Seat
  • And more....
© W. Somerset Maugham Royalty Trust (P)2013 Audio Connoisseur

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It’s an amazing collection. If you have read Short stories volume one and two, you almost can follow the evolution of the author mind as he grew old. For those that like as I do to know what they are buying, what to expect and to enjoy going back to the stories that they really like, here is the complete list of the short stories in this third volume:<br/>1. The Buried Talent <br/>2. French Joe <br/>3. German Harry <br/>4. The Four Dutchmen <br/>5. The End of the Flight <br/>6. Flotsam and Jetsam <br/>7. A Casual Affair <br/>8. Mr. KnowAll <br/>9. Straight Flush <br/>10. The Portrait of a Gentleman <br/>11. Raw Material <br/>12. A Friend in Need <br/>13. The Dream <br/>14. The Taipan <br/>15. The Consul <br/>16. Mirage <br/>17. Mabel <br/>18. Masterson <br/>19. A Marriage of Convenience <br/>20. Princess September <br/>21. In a Strange Land <br/>22. The Lotus Eater <br/>23. Salvatore <br/>24. The WashTub <br/>25. Mayhew <br/>26. The Happy Man <br/>27. The Point of Honor <br/>28. The Mother <br/>29. The Romantic Young Lady <br/>30. The Poet <br/>31. A Man from Glasgow <br/>32. The Lion's Skin <br/>33. The Three Fat Women of Antibes <br/>34. The Happy Couple <br/>35. The Voice of the Turtle <br/>36. The Facts of Life <br/>37. Gigolo and Gigolette <br/>38. Appearance and Reality <br/>39. The Luncheon <br/>40. The Unconquered <br/>41. The Ant and the Grasshopper <br/>42. Home <br/>43. The Escape <br/>44. The Judgement Seat<br/>45. Sanatorium<br/>46. Louise<br/>47. Lord Mountdrago<br/>48. A String of Beads<br/>49. The Promise<br/>50. The Verger<br/>51. The Social Sense<br/>52. The Colonel’s Lady<br/>53. Episode<br/>54. The Kite<br/>55. The Treasure<br/>56. Winter Crews<br/>

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What a treat!

Having listened to all three volumes of the complete stories, I am once again amazed by the talents of WSM. Were I an aspiring young writer, I would study his work as we figure painters study the draftsmanship of Degas and Klimt. He maintains intense focus, clear motivation, and never wastes a word as he captures character, dialogue, and situation. Times have changed, to be sure, but excellent technique endures, which is reason enough to study the masters.

The short story is a merciless, demanding mistress: one wrong move and there will be no end of trouble. When an author is a master of this medium, it shows his talents to best effect.

Some listeners have groused about Charlton Griffin's not being British. I don't mind that, though some of his pronunciations can be a little eccentric. His rich, world-weary voice is perfectly suited to the character of WSM's observations here. I highly recommend this series to students of human nature, good writing, and days gone by. Enjoy.

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  • Péter
  • Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • 11-02-17

The very shame of all narrators

Hear the very first story. The female voice is high-piched like a gay pig. And all along the audio this diamond of all actors keeps on voicing women like this. Quite hateful, it spoils all my pleasure gained by listening to these briliant stories. What a shame, Mr. Griffin!

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Worth A Long Wait To Read

Would you consider the audio edition of Complete Short Stories, Volume 3 to be better than the print version?

I don't read much in my later years - too much energy! I use that energy to drink fine wines and let some read the stories. I find enormous pleasure in that system and the preservation of energy to enjoy rather than work.

What other book might you compare Complete Short Stories, Volume 3 to and why?

Volume 1 and 2.

Which character – as performed by Charlton Griffin – was your favorite?

This is too large a crowd to choose from but Charlton makes them all come alive, naughty and nice.

If you could take any character from Complete Short Stories, Volume 3 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Miss Price of the tea shop. The Doc was right!