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To Write Simply Is As Difficult As To Be Good

To write simply is as difficult as to be good.

~ Somerset Maugham (1874–1965)
British playwright, novelist, short story writer

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A book for every time

Bored just a bit, I was rummaging my cupboard for some book to read. But for some reason the lot in store did not enthuse me. 709 more words

Violet Hunt: The Sweetest Violet in England

Violet Hunt, born in 1862 in Durham in the north of England,was the daughter of Pre-Raphaelite landscape painter Alfred William Hunt and his wife, Margaret Raine Hunt, bestselling novelist and translator of the stories of the Brothers Grimm. 760 more words

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Book: "What I Talk about When I Talk about Running"

“Each shave lies a philosophy”, Somerset Maugham once put. Interestingly, interpreted in some way by a writer and runner Haruki Murakami as “No matter how mundane some action might appear, keep at it long enough and it becomes a contemplative, even meditative act”. 281 more words


One of the difficulties that confronts the novelist is how to describe the appearance of his characters. The most natural way is of course the formal catalogue, the height, the complexion, the shape of the face, the size of the nose… I do not believe that the reader gets any clear impression.

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“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”
~Somerset Maugham

History of the Fry Up

With all due respect to Somerset Maugham, who believed that to eat well in England meant eating breakfast three times a day, I don’t think I could handle a full English breakfast three times a day. 99 more words