But being a writer seemed to be instinctive for Tawfik, who grew up in a house full of books, and had access to quality literature by Somerset Maugham
, Mark Twain, and Tolstoy, whom he drew influences from.
1874: W Somerset Maugham
, master of the short story, was born in Paris.
Jerome, Ernest Hemingway, William Somerset Maugham
, Robert W.
Initially acclaimed by Somerset Maugham
and Anthony Burgess, soon after his death Lodwick's novels fell out of fashion and they have largely remained out-of-print since.
His first novel was published in 1973, winning a young Amis acclaim and the Somerset Maugham
Award in 1974.
Raffles' flagship property in Singapore, which is marking its 130th anniversary, was a favourite with playwrights Somerset Maugham
and Noel Coward and literary legend Rudyard Kipling.
Which Somerset Maugham
novel takes its title from a remark by Sir Toby Belch in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night?
Sadie Thompson, that naughty lady of Pago-Pago, has had the struggle over her soul dramatized innumerable times on stage and screen since Somerset Maugham
created her in the 1921 short story "Rain." It's most surprising to see her treading the boards again in 2016, especially in such a serious musical drama as this, a world premiere at the Old Globe Theater.
BORN ALICIA Keys, singer, 1981, above SOMERSET Maugham
, writer, 1874 VIRGINIA Woolf, journalist, 1882 DIED AVA Gardner, film actress, above AL Capone, gangster boss, 1947 ROBERT Shaw, conductor, 1999
THE searing heat and choking humidity of Twenties Shanghai provide a suitably steamy and exotic backdrop to John Curran's handsome period romance, The Painted Veil (tonight, BBC2, 12.05am) adapted from W Somerset Maugham
The screenplay is based on the 1925 novel of the same name by W Somerset Maugham
The 82-year-old found the copy of Ashenden by W Somerset Maugham
as he was moving house.