William Somerset Maugham (1874)

Maugham was an English novelist, playwright, and short-story writer who abandoned a career in medicine when his first novel had some success. He wrote several popular plays and a total of eight novels before writing his breakthrough masterpiece, the partly autobiographical Of Human Bondage (1915). An expert storyteller, Maugham based many of his stories on his own experiences, including what short story collection that influenced Ian Fleming’s James Bond series? Discuss
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social

community – It can refer to group of animals or plants living together and was first used to refer to a "body of commons" or a social or political entity. More…

party – Latin partitum, "part, side," became party, with the senses "political group" and, in the 18th century, "social gathering." More…

mores, anomie – Mores is the Latin plural of mor/mos and means "acquired customs and manners"; social and moral conventions are mores, and the lack of these is anomie. More…

sociable, social, society – Sociable, social, society, etc. originate in Latin socius, "companion, fellow," or "colleague." More…

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Chinese Pottery

One of the oldest and most widespread of the decorative arts, pottery making dates to prehistoric times. Fragments of painted pottery from the Neolithic period have been unearthed in China. Painted human faces, animals, and geometric designs adorn the fine white, red, and black pottery created by these artisans. During the Tang dynasty, the Chinese developed porcelain to withstand the heat generated in parts of their kilns. What techniques have since been used to make fake Chinese ceramics? Discuss
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