Phelps, Robert
July 1953
New Republic;7/27/53, Vol. 128 Issue 30, p20
The article presents information on the book "The Vagrant Mood," by W. Somerset Maugham. His work never surrenders up his whole, involuntary truth, but only purveys a scrupulous image which he has created for the purpose. "The Vagrant Mood," amounts to six leisurely essays. Everything about his writing is a security measure, the carefully wry, diffident tone, he doesn't even mock with all his heart, the orderly, business-like style and syntax, which never betray fury or congestion, the judgment which remains safely worldliwise, without illusion, and without committal too.


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