Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham, Nicholas Shakespeare

By W. Somerset Maugham, Nicholas Shakespeare

WITH AN advent via NICHOLAS SHAKESPEARE

Cakes and Ale is either a wickedly satirical novel approximately modern literary poseurs and a skilfully crafted learn of freedom. As he strains the fortunes of Edward Driffield and his remarkable spouse Rosie, essentially the most pleasant heroines of twentieth-century literature, Maugham's sardonic wit and lyrical heat expertly mix during this finished and unforgettable novel.

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22. A . ) (London, 1950), p. 299. 23. F. ), 5 vols (London, 1965), i, p. 297. 24. C. ) (Oxford, 1967), p. 18. 25. P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class (1963, revised edn, Harmondsworth, 1968), pp. 19-207 . 26. R. H. Ford, Dickens and his Readers (New York, 1965). 27. John Hall , The Sociology of Literature (London, 1979), p . 82. 28. Jacques Derrida, L 'Ecriture et la Difference (Paris, 1967), p. 411. Quoted in Jonathan Culler, Structuralist Poetics (London, 1975), p . 247, in his own translation.

22. A . ) (London, 1950), p. 299. 23. F. ), 5 vols (London, 1965), i, p. 297. 24. C. ) (Oxford, 1967), p. 18. 25. P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class (1963, revised edn, Harmondsworth, 1968), pp. 19-207 . 26. R. H. Ford, Dickens and his Readers (New York, 1965). 27. John Hall , The Sociology of Literature (London, 1979), p . 82. 28. Jacques Derrida, L 'Ecriture et la Difference (Paris, 1967), p. 411. Quoted in Jonathan Culler, Structuralist Poetics (London, 1975), p . 247, in his own translation.

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