Bibliography of works by W. Somerset Maugham

Bibliography of works by W. Somerset Maugham

The following is a bibliography of the works of W. Somerset Maugham, one of the most prolific and popular English writers of the 20th century.

Novels, travel, criticism, assorted non-fiction & pamphlets

Plays

Contributions to periodicals

This list represents in chronological order the first printing date of every article or contribution made by Maugham to journals and periodicals during his lifetime. Maugham often tested his audience and his own interest in a story by serialising it through newspaper or magazine periodicals, then later released the story as a novel, or part of a collected short stories book.

  • 1. Don Sebastian 1898
  • 2. Cupid and the Vicar of Swale 1900
  • 3. Lady Habart 1900
  • 4. Schiffbruchig 1903
  • 5. Pro Patria 1903
  • 6. A Man of Honour 1903
  • 7. A Point of Law 1904
  • 8. An Irish Gentleman 1904
  • 9. A Rehearsal 1905
  • 10. Flirtation 1906
  • 11. The Fortunate Painter and the Honest Jew 1906
  • 12. A Marriage of Convenience 1908
  • 13. The Making of a Millionaire 1906
  • 14. Good Manners 1907
  • 15. Cousin Amy (later rewritten as The Luncheon) 1908
  • 16. The Happy Couple 1908
  • 17. A Traveller in Romance 1909
  • 18. The Mother (originally titled La Cachirra) 1909
  • 19. Pygmalion at Home and Abroad 1914
  • 20. Gerald Festus Kelly 1915
  • 21. Mackintosh 1920
  • 22. Miss Thompson (later retitled as Rain) 1921
  • 23. Red 1921
  • 24. On Writing for the Films 1921
  • 25. The Pool 1921
  • 26. Honolulu 1921
  • 27. My South Sea Island 1922
  • 28. Foreign Devils (later retitled as Dinner Parties) 1922
  • 29. Fear 1922
  • 30. A City Built on a Rock 1922
  • 31. Philosopher 1922
  • 32. Two Studies – Mr Pete (later retitled to The Consul) & The Vice-Consul 1922
  • 33. Taipan 1922
  • 34. The Princess and the Nightingale 1922
  • 35. Before the Party 1922
  • 36. Bewitched (later retitled to P & O) 1923
  • 37. The Imposters (later retitled Raw Material) 1923
  • 38. Mayhew 1924
  • 39. German Harry 1924
  • 40. The Force of Circumstance 1924
  • 41. In a Strange Land 1924
  • 42. The Luncheon 1924
  • 43. The Round Dozen (later retitled to The Ardent Bigamist) 1924
  • 44. The Woman Who Wouldn’t Take a Hint 1924
  • 45. The Letter 1924
  • 46. A Dream (later retitled to The Dream) 1924
  • 47. The Outstation 1924
  • 48. The Happy Man 1924
  • 49. Salvatore the Fisherman (later retitled as Salvatore) 1924
  • 50. Home from the Sea (later retitled as Home) 1925
  • 51. The Ant and the Grasshopper 1924
  • 52. Mr Know-All 1925
  • 53. Novelist or Bond Salesman 1925
  • 54. The Widow’s Might (later retitled as The Escape) 1925
  • 55. The Man Who Wouldn’t Hurt a Fly (later retitled as A Friend in Need) 1925
  • 56. The Code of a Gentleman (later retitled as Portrait of a Gentleman) 1925
  • 57. The Yellow Streak 1925
  • 58. The Most Selfish Woman I Knew (later retitled as Louise) 1925
  • 59. The Man with a Scar 1925
  • 60. The Great Man (later retitled as The Poet) 1926
  • 61. An Honest Woman (later retitled as The Promise) 1926
  • 62. The End of the Flight 1926
  • 63. Another Man without a Country (later retitled as French Joe) 1926
  • 64. Consul (was in fact a book in 1922 before it was a periodical article) 1926
  • 65. The Creative Impulse 1926
  • 66. The Closed Shop 1927
  • 67. Footprints in the Jungle 1927
  • 68. Pearls (later retitled as A String of Beads) 1927
  • 69. Advice to a Young Author 1927
  • 70. The Traitor 1927
  • 71. One of Those Women (later retitled as The Dark Woman) 1927
  • 72. His Excellency 1928
  • 73. The Hairless Mexican 1928
  • 74. Mr Harrington’s Washing 1928
  • 75. The British Agent (later retitled as Miss King) 1928
  • 76. The Four Dutchmen 1928
  • 77. In Hiding (later retitled as The Wash Tub) 1929
  • 78. A Derelict (later retitled as The Bum) 1929
  • 79. The Extraordinary Sex (later retitled The Social Sense) 1929
  • 80. Straight Flush 1929
  • 81. The Man Who Made His Mark (later retitled as The Verger) 1929
  • 82. Through the Jungle 1929
  • 83. Mirage 1929
  • 84. A Marriage of Convenience 1929
  • 85. On the Road to Mandalay (initially titled and then later retitled back to Masterson) 1929
  • 86. Cakes and Ale 1930
  • 87. Maltreat the Dead in Fiction 1930
  • 88. The Human Element 1930
  • 89. Virtue 1931
  • 90. The Vessel of Wrath 1931
  • 91. Maugham Discusses Drama 1931
  • 92. Arnold Bennett 1931
  • 93. The Right Thing is the Kind Thing (later retitled as The Back of Beyond) 1931
  • 94. The Alien Corn 1931
  • 95. The Door of Opportunity 1931
  • 96. The Temptation of Neil MacAdam (later retitled as Neil MacAdam) 1932
  • 97. The Narrow Corner 1932
  • 98. For Services Rendered 1932
  • 99. The Three Fat Women of Antibes 1933
  • 100. The Buried Talent 1934
  • 101. The Best Ever (later retitled as The Treasure) 1934
  • 102. How I Write Short Stories 1934
  • 103. The Short Story 1934
  • 104. A Casual Affair 1934
  • 105. Appearance and Reality 1934
  • 106. The Voice of the Turtle 1935
  • 107. Gigolo and Gigolette 1935
  • 108. The Lotus Eater 1935
  • 109. An Official Position 1937
  • 110. The Lion’s Skin 1937
  • 111. The Sanatorium 1938
  • 112. The Professional Writer 1939
  • 113. Doctor and Patient (later retitled as Lord Mountdrago) 1939
  • 114. You and Some More Books 1939
  • 115. The Facts of Life 1939
  • 116. A Man with a Conscience 1939
  • 117. Christmas Holiday 1939
  • 118. Proof Reading as an Avocation 1939
  • 119. Classic Books of America 1940
  • 120. The Villa on the Hill (later retitled as Up at the Villa) 1940
  • 121. Britain Views the French Navy 1940
  • 122. The Refugee Ship 1940
  • 123. The Insider Story of the Collapse of France 1940
  • 124 The Lion at Bay 1940
  • 125 Reading under Bombing 1940
  • 126 Give me a Murder 1940
  • 127 What Tomorrow Holds 1941
  • 128 The are Strange People 1941
  • 129 Novelist’s Flight from France 1941
  • 130 Little Things of no Consequence 1941
  • 131 We Have Been Betrayed 1941
  • 132 Escape to America 1941
  • 133 Theatre 1941
  • 134 Mr Tomkin’s Sitter 1941
  • 135 The Culture that is to Come 1941
  • 136 An Exciting Prospect 1941
  • 137 Paintings I Have Liked 1941
  • 138 The Hour Before Dawn 1941
  • 139 Why Do You Dislike Us? 1942
  • 140 To Know About England and the English 1942
  • 141 Morale Made in America 1942
  • 142 The Happy Couple 1943
  • 143 Virtue (different article to that at 90 above) 1943
  • 144 Unconquered 1943
  • 145 The Captain and Miss Reid (later retitled as Winter Cruise) 1943
  • 146 Reading and Writing and You 1943
  • 147 We Have a Common Heritage 1943
  • 148 The Terrorist 1943
  • 149 Write about What You Know 1943
  • 150 The Razor’s Edge 1943
  • 151 How I Like to Play Bridge 1944
  • 152 In Defence of Who-Done-Its 1945
  • 153 What Reading Can Do For You 1945
  • 154 The Colonel’s Lady 1946
  • 155 A Woman of Fifty 1946
  • 156 Function of the Writer 1946
  • 157 Then and Now 1946
  • 158 Behind the Story 1946
  • 159 Episode 1947
  • 160 The Point of Honour 1947
  • 161 What Should a Novel Do? 1947
  • 162 The Romantic Young Lady 1947
  • 163 Gustave Flaubert and Madame Bovary 1947
  • 164 Henry Fielding and Tom Jones 1947
  • 165 Honoré De Balzac and Old Man Goriot 1948
  • 166 Emily Bronte and Wuthering Heights 1948
  • 167 Fyodor Dostoevsky and the Brothers Karamazov 1948
  • 168 Stendhal and the Red and the Black 1948
  • 169 Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice 1948
  • 170 Herman Melville and Moby Dick 1948
  • 171 Charles Dickens and David Copperfield 1948
  • 172 Catalina 1948
  • 173 Spanish Journey 1948
  • 174 Ten Best Sellers 1948
  • 175 A Writer’s Notebook 1949
  • 176 Augustus 1949/1950
  • 177 Zurbaran 1950
  • 178 After Reading Burke 1950/1951
  • 179 Somerset Maugham Tells a Story of the Lady from Poonay 1951
  • 180 The Bidding Started Slowly 1952
  • 181 Looking Back on Eighty Years 1954
  • 182 Somerset Maugham and the Greatest Novels (later retitled Ten Novels and their Authors) 1954
  • 183 The Perfect Gentleman 1955
  • 184 On Having My Portrait Painted 1959
  • 185 Credo of a Story Teller 1959
  • 186 On the Approach of Middle Age 1960
  • 187 Looking Back 1962

Short stories

  • 1. A Bad Example
  • 2. A Casual Affair
  • 3. A Chance Acquaintance (later merged into story Mr Harrington's Washing)
  • 4. A Domiciliary Visit (later merged into story Miss King)
  • 5. A Friend in Need
  • 6. A Man from Glasgow
  • 7. A Man with a Conscience
  • 8. A Marriage of Convenience
  • 9. A Point of Law
  • 10. A String of Beads
  • 11. A Traveller in Romance
  • 12. A Trip to Paris (later merged into story Giulia Lazzari)
  • 13. A Woman of Fifty
  • 14. An Irish Gentleman
  • 15. An Official Position
  • 16. Appearance and Reality
  • 17. Before the Party
  • 18. Behind the Scenes (later merged into story His Excellency)
  • 19. Cousin Amy (later rewritten as The Luncheon)
  • 20. Cupid and The Vicar of Swale
  • 21. Daisy
  • 22. De Amicitia
  • 23. Episode
  • 24. Faith
  • 25. Flirtation
  • 26. Flotsam and Jetsam
  • 27. Footprints in the Jungle
  • 28. French Joe
  • 29. German Harry
  • 30. Gigolo and Gigolette
  • 31. Giulia Lazzari
  • 32. Good Manners
  • 33. Gustav (later merged into story The Traitor)
  • 34. His Excellency
  • 35. Home
  • 36. Honolulu
  • 37. In a Strange Land
  • 38. Jane
  • 39. Lady Habart
  • 40. Lord Mountdrago
  • 41. Louise
  • 42. Love and Russian Literature (later merged into story Mr Harrington's Washing)
  • 43. Mabel
  • 44. Mackintosh
  • 45. Masterson
  • 46. Mayhew
  • 47. Mirage
  • 48. Miss King
  • 49. Mr Harrington’s Washing
  • 50. Mr Know-All
  • 51. Neil MacAdam
  • 52. P & O
  • 53. Princess September
  • 54. Pro Patria
  • 55. R. (later merged into story Miss King)
  • 56. Rain
  • 57. Raw Material
  • 58. Red
  • 59. Salvatore
  • 60. Sanatorium
  • 61. Straight Flush
  • 62. The Alien Corn
  • 63. The Ant and the Grasshopper
  • 64. The Back of Beyond
  • 65. The Book Bag
  • 66. The Bum
  • 67. The Buried Talent
  • 68. The Choice of Amyntas
  • 69. The Closed Shop
  • 70. The Colonel’s Lady
  • 71. The Consul
  • 72. The Creative Impulse
  • 73. The Dark Woman (later merged into story The Hairless Mexican)
  • 74. The Door of Opportunity
  • 75. The Dream
  • 76. The End of the Flight
  • 77. The Escape
  • 78. The Facts of Life
  • 79. The Fall of Edward Barnard
  • 80. The Flip of a Coin (later merged into story His Excellency)
  • 81. The Force of Circumstance
  • 82. The Fortunate Painter
  • 83. The Four Dutchmen
  • 84. The French Governor
  • 85. The Greek (later merged into story The Hairless Mexican)
  • 86. The Hairless Mexican
  • 87. The Happy Couple
  • 88. The Happy Man
  • 89. The Human Element
  • 90. The Judgement Seat
  • 91. The Kite
  • 92. The Letter
  • 93. The Lion’s Skin
  • 94. The Lotus Eater
  • 95. The Luncheon
  • 96. The Making of a Millionaire
  • 97. The Man with the Scar
  • 98. The Mother
  • 99. The Noblest Act
  • 100. The Opium Addict
  • 101. The Outstation
  • 102. The Poet
  • 103. The Point of Honour
  • 104. The Pool
  • 105. The Portrait of a Gentleman
  • 106. The Promise
  • 107. The Punctiliousness of Don Sebastian
  • 108. The Romantic Young Lady
  • 109. The Round Dozen
  • 110. The Social Sense
  • 111. The Spanish Priest
  • 112. The Taipan
  • 113. The Three Fat Women of Antibes
  • 114. The Traitor
  • 115. The Treasure
  • 116. The Unconquered
  • 117. The Verger
  • 118. The Vessel of Wrath
  • 119. The Voice of the Turtle
  • 120. The Wash-Tub
  • 121. The Yellow Streak
  • 122. Virtue
  • 123. Winter Cruise

Contributions to books by other authors

  • Maugham also edited and finished the autobiography of the Victorian actor Sir Charles Hawtrey (1858-1923), called "The Truth at Last", which was posthumously published in (1924).
  • Maugham wrote the preface for Doris Arthur Jones' "What a Life!" (1932).
  • Contribution to a tribute programme to Marie Tempest (1935).
  • Preface to the catalogue of an exhibition of Sir Gerald Kelly (1950).
  • "Eddie Marsh" (1953).
  • Introduction by Maugham to "Without Veils", biography of Gladys Cooper by Sewell Stokes,(1953)
  • Introduction to "The Artist and the Theatre - The story of the paintings collected and presented to the National Theatre by W.Somerset Maugham" by Raymond Mander and Joe Michenson (1955).
  • Maugham also wrote the preface for the edition of "Letters from Madame de Sevigne" selected and translated by Violet Hammersley (1955).

Notes

  1. Stott, Raymond Toole, 1973, A bibliography of the works of W. Somerset Maugham, The University of Alberta Press, ISBN 0-88864-004-8, pp16-162.
  2. Stott, 1973, pp16-162.
  3. Stott, 1973, pp198-215.
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