Baylor to Hold Literary Conference on Maugham Jan. 18-20

Jan. 10, 1996

WACO, Texas - Early 20th century novelist, W. Somerset Maugham, best known for his novels Of Human Bondage and The Razor's Edge, will be the subject of a literary conference set for Jan. 18-20 in the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University.

Leading scholars will present critical and biographical papers about Maugham throughout the conference, and an exhibition of Maugham's works from the Armstrong Browning Library collection also will be on display.

Dr. Stanley Archer of Texas A&M University will deliver the keynote address, "The Maugham of Fiction," at the opening dinner scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Harrington House. The dinner is open to the public at $25 per person.

The papers will be presented during two morning sessions, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the Hankamer Treasure Room of the Armstrong Browning Library. The second session will begin at 10:30 a.m.

A buffet luncheon at 12:15 p.m., in the Blume Conference Center, will feature a presentation by Loren R. Rothschild of Beverly Hills, Calif. His topic will be "Maugham: An Incomplete Collection." Cost is $15 per person.

Afternoon sessions begin at 2 and 4 p.m. in the Hankamer Treasure Room. At 7 p.m. in the same room, Sylvia Read and William Fry of the London Theatre Roundabout Ltd. will give a dramatic presentation "W. Somerset Maugham: Three Short Stories." Admission to the performance is free.

The sessions will continue at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. The final session will begin at 10:30 p.m.

To register or to request more information on the conference, contact the Armstrong Browning Library at 755-3566.

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