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Biographer discusses researching
Somerset Maugham biography

Selina Hastings is a writer and journalist, the author of four literary biographies, including The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham, which was published in May 2010.

In this audio clip, Hastings discussed the challenges she faced in researching Maugham. In a case of being in the perfect place at the perfect time, Hastings was the first scholar to be granted access to Maugham's papers by the Royal Literary Fund.