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William Somerset Maugham

•  Collected short stories vol. 4 (1951/1975)
•  Maugham's Malaysian Stories (1969)
•  Maugham's Borneo stories (1976)
•  Far Eastern Tales (1993)
•  More Far Eastern tales (1998)


William Somerset Maugham wrote several short stories on Malaya and Borneo in the first part of the 20th century. They are set out in at least 5 volumes.

Two of these collections are very scarce nowadays. To obtain "Maugham's Malaysian stories" and "Maugham's Borneo stories" try the internet antique bookshops. This could work out to be very expensive. The other three can be easily purchased or ordered at bookstores or via the Internet

To find out which stories are in which volume look at our overview. Click on te above links or scroll down.


Image: William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) in 1934
William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) in 1934



Collected short stories vol. 4 (1951/1975)Omhoog

  1. Preface (also in Maugham's Malaysian stories and Maugham's Borneo stories)
  2. The book bag (also in More Far Eastern tales)
  3. French Joe
  4. German Harry
  5. The four Dutchmen (also in Maugham's Malaysian stories and More Far Eastern tales)
  6. The back of beyond (also in More Far Eastern tales)
  7. P&O (also in Maugham's Malaysian stories and Far Eastern tales)
  8. Episode
  9. The kite
  10. A woman of fifty
  11. Mayhew
  12. The lotus eater
  13. Salvatore
  14. The wash tub
  15. A man with a conscience
  16. An official position
  17. Winter cruise
  18. Mabel (also in Far Eastern tales)
  19. Masterson (also in More Far Eastern tales)
  20. Princess September
  21. A marriage of convenience
  22. Mirage
  23. The letter (also in More Far Eastern tales)
  24. The outstation (also in Maugham's Borneo stories and More Far Eastern tales)
  25. The portret of a gentlemen
  26. Raw material (also in More Far Eastern tales)
  27. Straight flush
  28. The end of the flight (also in Far Eastern tales)
  29. A casual affair (also in Maugham's Malaysian stories)
  30. Red
  31. Neil MacAdam (also in Maugham's Borneo stories en Far Eastern tales)


Maugham's Malaysian Stories (1969)Omhoog

  1. Introduction by Anthony Burgess
  2. Preface (also in Collected short stories vol. 4 and Maugham's Borneo stories)
  3. The vessel of wrath (also in More Far Eastern tales)
  4. The force of circumstance (also in Far Eastern tales)
  5. The door of opportunity (also in Far Eastern tales)
  6. The four Dutchmen (also in Collected short stories vol. 4 and More Far Eastern tales)
  7. P&O (also in Collected short stories vol. 4 and Far Eastern tales)
  8. A casual affair (also in Collected short stories vol. 4)


Maugham's Borneo stories (1976)Omhoog

  1. Preface (also in Collected short stories vol. 4 and Maugham's Malaysian Stories)
  2. Introduction by C.V. de Freitas
  3. The yellow streak (also in More Far Eastern tales)
  4. The outstation (also in Collected short stories vol. 4 and More Far Eastern tales)
  5. Before the party (also in Far Eastern tales)
  6. Flotsam and jetsam (also in More Far Eastern tales)
  7. Neil MacAdam (also in Collected short stories vol. 4 and Far Eastern tales)
  8. Virtue


Far Eastern Tales (1993)Omhoog

  1. Footprints in the jungle
  2. Mabel (also in Collected short stories vol. 4)
  3. P&O (also in Collected short stories vol. 4 and Maugham's Malaysian stories)
  4. The door of opportunity (also in Maugham's Malaysian stories)
  5. The buried talent
  6. Before the party (also in Maugham's Borneo stories)
  7. Mr. Know-All
  8. Neil MacAdam (also in Collected short stories vol. 4 and Maugham's Borneo stories)
  9. The end of the flight (also in Collected short stories vol. 4)
  10. The force of circumstance (also in Maugham's Malaysian stories)


More Far Eastern tales (1998)Omhoog

  1. The letter (also in Collected short stories vol. 4 and Maugham's Borneo stories)
  2. The four Dutchmen (also in Collected short stories vol. 4 and Maugham's Malaysian stories)
  3. The outstation (also in Collected short stories vol. 4 and Maugham's Borneo stories)
  4. The vessel of wrath (also in Maugham's Malaysian stories)
  5. Flotsam and jetsam (also in Maugham's Borneo stories)
  6. The book bag (also in Collected short stories vol. 4)
  7. Raw material (also in Collected short stories vol. 4)
  8. The yellow streak (also in Maugham's Borneo stories)
  9. Masterson (also in Collected short stories vol. 4)
  10. The back of beyond (also in Collected short stories vol. 4)


Image: William Somerset Maugham's signature



The information on this page has been provided by Mr. Gerard Kohl .

Source: Homepage Gerard Kohl - Literature South-East Asia (offline)

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