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Guide to the William Somerset Maugham collection, 1921-1979 (inclusive), 1921-1958 (bulk) M0013
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  • Title: William Somerset Maugham collection,
    Identifier/Call Number: M0013
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.5 Linear feet (600 items).
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1921-1958
    Date (inclusive): 1921-1979
    creator: Alanson, Bertram E., 1877-1958
    creator: Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965

    General note

    All letters are from W. Somerset Maugham to Bertram Alanson in San Francisco unless otherwise noted.

    General note

    Boxes 1,2,2b 3: copy of The Trembling of a Leaf

    Biographical Note

    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.

    Scope Note

    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.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] William Somerset Maugham collection, M0013, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Gift of Bertram E. Alanson, 1957 and 1958.

    Publication Rights:

    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.

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