William Somerset Maugham was a famous English author, novelist and playwright. His popularity lies in the fact that by early 1930's, he had become the highest paid author of his era. His most famous works include novels Of Human Bondage, The Razor's Edge and The Moon and Sixpence and short stories "Footprints In The Jungle", "Rain" and "The Outstation".

Maugham was born on 25 January 1874 in Paris in the British Embassy. His father was an English lawyer and solicitor to the British Embassy in Paris. His grandfather was also an English lawyer and a cofounder of the English law society and it was expected that Maugham would follow his father and grandfather in their successful legal career.

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