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W. Somerset Maugham writings on Rudyard Kipling

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1497

Scope and Contents

Includes three drafts of William Somerset Maugham's 40-page essay about Rudyard Kipling's short stories. Fifteen short stories by Kipling are prefaced by Maugham. Maugham also includes an introduction and short biography about Kipling in his writing. Drafts are annotated and bound as 40-page booklets. One draft is dated March 4, 1952.


  • 1952 March 4


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

W. Somerset Maugham was born on January 25, 1874, in Paris, France. He went to school in London and eventually became a medical student, after which he earned his qualifications as a physician in 1897. However, he went on to become a writer and never practiced medicine. Maugham was married to Syrie Wellcome, and had one child. He also had a partner, Gerald Haxton, who was his secretary, and later, after Haxton's death, Alan Searle, who also worked as his secretary. He wrote his first novel, "Liza of Lambeth," in 1897, and his last soon after WWII. He gained national fame as a playwright, creating 32 plays in his life, the last in 1933. Maugham worked for the British Secret Service in WWI and traveled extensively throughout his life. He died December 16, 1965.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Acquired around 1979.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired; 1979.


Western history (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.c, 2020).

Related Materials

See also the Williiam Somerset Maugham letter to Sir Henry Percy Lane (Vault MSS 378) and William Somerset Maugham correspondence (MSS SC 1496).

Processing Information

Processed; Isabella Titus; 2024.

Register of W. Somerset Maugham writings on Rudyard Kipling
Isabella Titus
2024 January 26
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States