Title: William Somerset Maugham collection,
Identifier/Call Number: M0013
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Language of Material:
2.5 Linear feet
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1921-1958
Date (inclusive): 1921-1979
Alanson, Bertram E., 1877-1958
Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965
All letters are from W. Somerset Maugham to Bertram Alanson in San Francisco unless otherwise noted.
Boxes 1,2,2b 3: copy of
The Trembling of a Leaf
Bertram E. Alanson was born January 8, 1877 in San Francisco, California. He was an investment broker and served as President
of the San Francisco Stock Exchange. Alanson was a personal friend of Maugham as well as his stockbroker. He collected first
editions of Maugham's work and other materials about Maugham. Alanson died May 25, 1958.
William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris, France January 25, 1874. He studied medicine, but gave it up for literature. He
wrote short stories, essays, and novels. He died in Nice, France December 15, 1965.
This collection consists mainly of W. Somerset Maugham's correspondence with Bertram Alanson, dating from 1921 through 1958
when Alanson died. Alanson was Maugham's investment consultant, but more importantly he was Maugham's friend. The letters
are very revealing about Maugham's activities, his philosophy, his works.
There is additional correspondence to Alanson; some concerning Maugham and some are written by members of Maugham's family.
[Identification of item] William Somerset Maugham collection, M0013, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries,
Gift of Bertram E. Alanson, 1957 and 1958.
Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain
permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.