Monday, January 25, 2016
1/25/1874 W. Somerset Maugham arrives
Later he was recruited as a British spy, working in Switzerland and in Russia, just before the Bolshevik conquest. He also lived for a while in the Pacific, writing about the British and their conflicts with the residents of their empire.
But the main reason he appears on this page is a novel-in-stories called Ashenden, or the British Agent (1928), which is considered a classic of spy fiction. Some of the stories served as the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's movie Secret Agent.