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W. Somerset Maugham (January 25, 1874 – December 16, 1965)

William Somerset Maugham was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. In 1914, W. Somerset Maugham met Gerald Haxton, a young American who would be his companion until his death in 1944. Maugham married Syrie Wellcome, the former wife of Henry Wellcome. The marriage was unhappy, and Syrie divorced him in 1929, finding his relationship and travels with Haxton too difficult to live with. Maugham regarded Haxton as indispensable to his success as a writer. Maugham was painfully shy, and Haxton the extrovert gathered human material, which the author converted to fiction. Maugham placed a dedication in his 1949 compilation, A Writer’s Notebook: “In Loving Memory of My Friend Frederick Gerald Haxton, 1892 -1944.” After Haxton died in 1944, Maugham began a relationship with Alan Searle. Older men had already kept Searle, a young man from the London slum area of Bermondsey. He proved a devoted if not a stimulating companion. One of Maugham's friends, describing the difference between Haxton and Searle, said, "Gerald was vintage, Alan was vin ordinaire.”

Timeline & Places:

• January 25, 1874: born at 17 Great James Street, WC1N, London, UK

• 1882: lived at Maugham Court, Whitstable CT5 4RR, Regno Unito

• 1882: attended The King's School, 25 The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2ES, Regno Unito

• 1890: Heidelberg University, Grabengasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germania

• 1897: attended St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7EH, Regno Unito

• 1897: lived at 11 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P 2LX, Regno Unito

• 1897 to 1898: lived at Calle de Guzmán el Bueno, 84, 28003 Madrid, Spagna

• 1901 to 1905: lived at 3 Rue Victor Considérant, 75014 Paris, Francia

• 1904: lived at 27 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London SW3 5HH, Regno Unito

• 1908: lived at 23 Mount St, Mayfair, London W1K 2RP, Regno Unito

• 1911 to 1919: lived at Shaw House, 6 Chesterfield St, Mayfair, London W1J 5JQ, Regno Unito

• 1919: lived at 2 Wyndham Pl, Marylebone, London W1H 2PP, Regno Unito

• 1920s to 1930s: lived at The Langham, London, 1C Portland Pl, Regent St, W1B, UK

• 1923: lived at 43 Bryanston Square, Marylebone, London W1H, Regno Unito

• 1927: restored Villa La Mauresque, 52 Boulevard du Général de Gaulle, 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Francia

• 1960s: attended Coliseum Theatre, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malesia

• December 16, 1965: died. Buried at Canterbury Cathedral, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH, Regno Unito


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