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New Doc Sheds Light on Gay Life of W. Somerset Maugham: VIDEO

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Revealing Mr. Maugham, a new documentary about "influential and misunderstood" writer W. Somerset Maugham, is set for release later this month, via download. It features Armistead Maupin, Alexander McCall Smith, Pico Iyer, Alan Furst, Ronald Harwood, Selina Hastings and Nicky Haslam commenting on the life of Maugham.

Check out the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

Revealing Mr. Maugham HD Trailer from SWiM Cinema on Vimeo.

 

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  1. When I read 'Of Human Bondage' and 'A Razor's Edge' as a teen I thought he was gay. The way he described the men in the books was so much more detailed than the women.

    Posted by: Tonez | Mar 12, 2012 9:21:56 PM


  2. Actually Maugham was bisexual, and this has been known about for hundreds of years. Maugham did not describe women because he personally didn't like them and felt slighted by one of his ex wives or mistresses, not because of his sexual orientation which is that of bisexual.

    It's like how Oscar Wilde was bisexual. To say that these men are gay is biphobia and bisexual erasure.

    Posted by: SG | Mar 12, 2012 9:36:44 PM


  3. Wonder what his friends called him, W? Som?

    Posted by: jim | Mar 12, 2012 9:42:09 PM


  4. Despite his primary desires to be both "rich" and "famous," his books will live on because they were not derivative and they addressed timeless themes.

    Posted by: Markt | Mar 12, 2012 9:51:01 PM


  5. His fantastic short story, "Rain", is forever timely. Whenever I hear another fundie preacher promising us fire and brimstone as punishment for our terrible, filthy, sweaty, devilish sins, I think of Sadie Thompson and I laugh.
    Also, I think his friends called him Willie.

    Posted by: kit | Mar 12, 2012 9:54:38 PM


  6. His friends called him Bill. He was gay. The marriage was just something one did in those days for social standing. It did not last, but the boyfriends did.

    Posted by: No kidding | Mar 12, 2012 10:00:39 PM


  7. Hmm. "Maurice" was published quite a long time ago, and its pretty clear how gay he was from that. Going from the novel, he apparently liked young hunky working class guys. Oh and dumb.

    Posted by: TJ Parker | Mar 12, 2012 10:02:16 PM


  8. Maurice was written by E. M. Forster. They're not really the same at all.

    Posted by: Markt | Mar 12, 2012 10:06:11 PM


  9. Searle was a very good friend of George Cukor's.

    In Scotty Bowers' book he reoounts how Maugham woudl arrange the staging of bisexual orgies for Dr. Kinsey to observe.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 12, 2012 10:13:49 PM


  10. Saying Oscar Wilde was "bisexual" is like saying that green isn't really "green"- it's really half yellow.

    Posted by: Commeca | Mar 12, 2012 10:13:52 PM


  11. Hate to be picky, but: on page 9 of Somerset Maugham: A Life by Jeffrey Meyers: "In real life, Maugham compromised by publishing as 'W. Somerset Maugham,' reducing the name [William] to an initial on the title page of his books. He encouraged his friends to call him 'Willie.'"

    Posted by: kit | Mar 12, 2012 10:22:47 PM


  12. Maugham was bisexual but this isn't new information at all. He himself was out as bisexual when he was alive.

    Commeca, well Wilde certainly wasn't homosexual/gay that's for sure. Even if gay Inc. wants to claim him as being gay and completely rewrite history and ignore his actual sexual orientation it's well known that he was bisexual.

    Posted by: Drew | Mar 13, 2012 12:01:33 AM


  13. It's hardly news that Maugham was bisexual like others have said he was very out for the times and it wasn't a secret, just like how it's not a secret that Cary Grant was bisexual.

    Maugham had so many affairs, with both genders, that even the most promiscuous of his companions described him as the most sexually voracious man they had ever known, and couldn't understand why, at a time when being anything other than hetero was illegal, he hadn't landed in prison.

    I've read some of his books they're actually rather very boring.

    Posted by: David | Mar 13, 2012 12:19:15 AM


  14. Maugham was bisexual but this isn't new information at all. He himself was out as bisexual when he was alive.

    Commeca, well Wilde certainly wasn't homosexual/gay that's for sure. Even if gay Inc. wants to claim him as being gay and completely rewrite history and ignore his actual sexual orientation it's well known that he was bisexual.

    Posted by: Drew | Mar 13, 2012 12:19:48 AM


  15. Maugham was famous for befriending and seducing working class men in bars in Hawaii and the South Pacific. There were unwritten rules about getting rough trade guys to go gay for pay, and he knew them and put a lot of time into them.

    One line of his that I will always remember- "The problem with extraordinary pleasures is that they dull the appetite for ordinary ones." I think about that in my forays into the leather scene.

    Posted by: Rob | Mar 13, 2012 7:03:01 AM


  16. I find Armistead Maupin irritating and presumptuous in many of his proclamations.

    Posted by: Rance | Mar 13, 2012 7:18:12 AM


  17. Rob it's too bad the leather scene has become a total joke with silly leather contests compared to what it once was.

    "Gay" for pay or rough trade are just other terms for bisexual men, or even gay men who appear heterosexual who are into doing sex for pay as a male prostitute.

    Maugham was bisexual but leaned towards men but as others have commented this is not a secret or new info at all.

    Posted by: Bob | Mar 13, 2012 2:49:17 PM


  18. I think "Willie" might have been his party name, ;).

    Posted by: No kidding | Mar 13, 2012 5:22:17 PM


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