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Gerald McKnight. London. W.H. Allen. 1980. First edition. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 221 pages. 225 x 145mm (8¾ x 5¾"). 0.4kg. 0491027613. English. Near fine; slight wear to forecorners.An investigation into the life and relationships of Syrie Maugham, filled with anecdotes and accounts from family and friends including Rebecca West, Cecil Beaton and the late Oliver Messel. McKnight examines Maugham's first marriage to Sir Henry Wellcome, her numerous affairs and finally her disastrous relationship with Somerset Maugham. He attempts to uncover what possessed Somerset to write his scathing memoirs Looking Back. Also covered are Syrie's lively social life and her career in decorating.