Thursday, 23 October 2014

Errata: Stott & Maugham (1973): Section C

Kaye & Ward, Hardback, 1973.
8vo. 320 pp. Revised and Extended edition.

Section C:
Books and Pamphlets Edited, 
or with Contributions by W. Somerset Maugham

This section consists of 63 diverse pieces of miscellaneous writing. For the most part, though by no means always, Mr Stott has indicated sources and supplied cross-references well. Below I am concerned exclusively with previously uncollected material; I have skipped all instances when the piece in question by Maugham is to be found in any of his books.

Many of the pieces listed in this section are reprinted in A Traveller in Romance (1984) and have thus become much more easily accessible than they were in Mr Stott's time. These include: C4, 7, 9-13, 17-19, 23, 25, 27, 28, 34, 35, 47, 56-58, 60, 62, 63.

The section also includes the prefaces to the abridged editions of Maugham's ''ten greatest novels'' published by Winston in 1948-49 (C36-45). The introductions to all were collected in Great Novelists and Their Novels (1949) and later, in expanded form, Ten Novels and Their Authors (1954).

Some of Maugham's compelling introductions to his anthologies – see C15, C26, C51-2 – are reprinted, with minor omissions, in Selected Prefaces and Introductions (B30/31).

C31. Stupendous typo on word level. Clearly a title like ''Introduction to Modern English and Modern Literature'' doesn't make much sense. The second ''Modern'' must be ''American''.

Now follows a short annotated bibliography compiled from various sources. It attempts to list all contributions by Maugham to books of others that are currently uncollected, or were so in Mr Stott's time but no longer are. It also includes some pamphlets from Section A that contain rare material or any other pieces that are difficult to trace/identify. Some of the research comes from Mr Stott, some from Mr Moore, some from myself, some from the Web, some from the subconscious.

·   Not in Stott. My Favorite Story, International Magazine Co., 1928. Reprints ''Red'' from The Trembling of a Leaf (1921). Contains also a short introduction by Maugham why he chose this story.

· C20, How Writers Write: Essays by Contemporary Authors, ed. N. S. Tillett, Crowell, 1937. Contains ''How I Write Short Stories by Maugham, pp. 69-82. Most probably the preface to East and West (1934) which also appeared in Saturday Review of Literature on 28 July 1934 (D101).

·  C21, The Harvest, Leipzig: Bernard Tauchnitz, MCMXXXVII. Jubilee edition of Tauchnitz to celebrate 100 years of publishing, 1837-1937. Contains a letter by Maugham.

·  C22, Wisdom of Life: An Anthology of Noble Thoughts, London: Watts, 1938. Apparently contains some noble, but still unidentified, thoughts by Maugham. Probably quotations from his works.

·  C24, A Number of People by Sir Edward Marsh, New York: Harper Bros., 1939. Contains preface by Maugham, not in the English edition. It might be identical with the piece dedicated to Eddie Marsh and published the same year in Publishers' Weekly under the title ''Proof-Reading as an Avocation'' (D117).

·  Not in Stott. An Appeal for the Hospitals. Bundles for Britain, WWII exhibition catalogue, 1941. Contains one page appeal by Maugham for charitable contributions to British hospitals damaged in the war.

· C29, Modern English Readings, eds. R. S. Loomis and D. L. Clark, New York: Farrar, 1942. Contains ''Writing Prose'' by Maugham: word for word excerpt from The Summing Up (1938).

·  C33, The English Spirit, edited and with an Introduction by Anthony Weymouth, London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1942; New York: Norton, 1944. Contains ''Twenty Days in a Ship'' by Maugham pp. 40-45, a piece dealing with incidents described in Strictly Personal in similar, but by no means identical, language.

· Not in Stott. The Magician by Frank Bruno, Viking Press, 1946. Introduction by Maugham.

· Not in Stott. Paul Gauguin by Raymond Cogniat, Wildenstein & Co., April 1946. Art catalogue with an Introduction by Maugham.

·   A65, Of Human Bondage, with a Digression on the Art of Fiction: An address. Pamphlet, Library of Congress, 1946. An address given by Maugham on 20 April 1946 in Coolidge Auditorium, The Library of Congress, on the occasion of his presenting the original manuscript of Of Human Bondage to the Library of Congress. Reprinted in A Traveller in Romance (1984).

· C46, Writing for Love or Money, ed. Norman Cousins, New York: Longmans, Green, 1949. Contains ''How I Write Short Stories'' by Maugham. Most probably an excerpt from the preface to East and West (1934).

·  C49, Essays by Divers Hands: Transactions of the Royal Society of Literature of United Kingdom, vol. 25, London: Oxford University Press, MCML. Contains ''The Short Story'' by Maugham. This is, perhaps and yet again, the introduction to East and West (1934), or at least part of it. Cf. D102.

· A72, The Writer's Point of View, Cambridge University Press, 1951. Pamphlet, Ninth Annual Lecture of the National Book League given by Maugham in Kingsway Hall on 24 October 1951. Much of the material was taken from ''Novelist of Bond Salesman'' (D54), reprinted in A Traveller in Romance (1984).

·  C53, Robert Ross: Friend of Friends by Margery Ross, London: J. Cape, 1952. Letters of Maugham to Robert Ross, pp. 157, 203.

·  C59, Speech by W. Somerset Maugham. Given on opening the exhibition of Authors as Artists at the Army & Navy Stores, 15 October 1956. London, Army & Navy Stores Ltd., 1956. A talk on ''authors who have to a greater or lesser extent occupied themselves with graphic arts'' with reflections on Max Beerbohm, Gordon Craig, Lawrence Whistler, D. H. Lawrence and Noel Coward (2 pp).

· C61, The Cassell Miscellany, London: Cassell & Co. Ltd., 1958. Contains the original version of ''The Mother'', reprinted from Story Teller, April 1909. The later, slightly revised, version appears in Creatures of Circumstance (1947).

· A78, Purely for My Pleasure, Heinemann, 1962. Art album of Maugham's picture collection with short commentaries by him how he happened to acquire possession of these canvases. Maugham's very last book.

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