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Trembling of a Leaf - MAUGHAM W. Somerset - 1921. 
1921 - MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. The Trembling of a Leaf. London: William Heinemann, (1921). Small octavo, original dark blue cloth gilt, original dust jacket. $3800.Scarce first English edition, one of only 3000 copies, of Maugham's collection of "little Stories of the South Sea Islands," including his famous, frequently adapted story, "Rain." A beautiful copy.Maugham's collection of tales set in Hawaii, Samoa and Tahiti "established him as a short story writer". [In the book he] filed the patent on a certain kind of story, set in the tropics and usually describing the undoing of the characters because they have failed to understand their surroundings. The collection included his most famous story, 'Rain'". Critics agreed that here was something they had not seen before. The Bookman in November said the stories were 'as savage and gripping as some of the paintings by Goya.' The Saturday Review". said that 'each tale is begun by inspiration and completed by artistic perfection'". James Michener wrote in 1952 that 'one of the evil limitations put upon anyone who wants to write about the South Pacific is that he must stop reading Maugham". At the same time I must admit that before I start to do any writing about this vast area I usually take down 'Rain' and reread those first three paragraphs to remind myself of how completely one can set a physical stage in a few absolutely correct observations'" (Morgan, 256-58). "Rain," Maugham's celebrated story of a missionary's attempts to convert the prostitute Sadie Thompson, has been adapted to film numerous times""a 1928 silent movie starring Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore; a 1932 film starring Joan Crawford and Walter Huston; and a 3-D feature in 1953 starring Rita Hayworth and José Ferrer""and was the basis of a 1944 stage play, Sadie Thompson. Publisher's 10-page catalogue at rear. Published October 6, 1921, less than a month after the first edition in New York (September 17). Both the American and English editions consisted of 3000 copies. Stott, Writings of Maugham A26a. Stott, Maughamiana 20. Bookplate.Interior generally quite clean, with light publisher's glue residue to endpapers and half title, cloth fresh and unrubbed, gilt bright. Original dust jacket with only slightest wear to extremities, archival strengthening to verso of folds. A beautiful copy in about-fine condition. Scarce. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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