Here- for the student in a writing course, or the young aspirant to writing fame, is the kind of notebook to keep. Maugham has gone back almost fifty years- and from his notebooks, selected a wide range of extracts:- maxims and epigrams, expansion of character, outlines of ideas for stories, incidents that might make stories, anecdotes. There are occasional comments on the passing scenes- on world events- on things and people seen, on success- briefly noted- on coming to America- on war. Now and again, a footnote identifies an item as source of a story later (The Colonel's Lady-Rain- Before the Party are examples). His travel notes in the Pacific were quite evidently very productive over a number of years. A market hard to identify- but chiefly aspiring writers, and those who want a more intimate picture of a writer's preparation.