In his day, W. Somerset Maugham was most celebrated as a playwright, and the breadth of his ability is manifested in this collection of his most popular plays. Included here are the noirish mystery The Sacred Flame, the hilarious satires The Circle, The Constant Wife, and Our Betters, and the sharp-witted drama Sheppey. Whether suspenseful or acerbically witty, these plays take a sly look at the idiosyncrasies and hypocrisies of their time.
Maugham has given infinite pleasure and left us a splendour of writing which will remain for as long as the written English word is permitted to exist
A formidable talent, a formidable sum of talents...precision, tact, irony and total absence of pomposity
Gripping and entertaining
A shrewd, still-relevant examination of women's roles, the nature of love and the manners and mores of marriage