Defeat | Depression | Failure | Fame | Guilt | Loss | Lost | Sin | Success | Vanity | Wisdom

Somerset Maughm was described by Time magazine at the time of his death in 1978 as “The most famous author in the world.” Eighty million copies of his books had been sold, his plays were performed world-wide, his work had led to several films, and eighty of his short stories had been adapted for television. At his home in Europe he employed one of the best cooks on the Riviera, dined on silver plates and entertained royally. He also was a very unhappy man. What was wrong with the great novelist? “Everything,” he said. “My success means nothing to me… all I can think of now are my mistakes. I can think of nothing else but…

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