Literature: W. Somerset Maugham

John Gehl sent us a bio of the British fiction and drama writer W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), "whose writing was popular with readers but not always praised by critics. . Playwriting brought him financial security and, in 1928, he was able to buy the villa on Cape Ferrat in the south of  France, which became his permanent home". John Heelan comments : The biography omits that the writer also gained a reputation as  a predatory homosexual- but presumably that would be too "yahoo'ish" to mention.

RH: Well, it certainly would be ad hominem.

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