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Robin Maugham

(Robert Cecil Romer Maugham)
UK flag (1916 - 1981)
Nephew of W Somerset Maugham

Robert Cecil Romer Maugham, 2nd Viscount Maugham (17 May 1916- 13 March 1981), known as Robin Maugham, was a British novelist, playwright and travel writer.

Robin Maugham was the son of Frederic Herbert Maugham and Helen Romer. He was born into a legal dynasty and was expected to follow his father and grandfather and devote himself to the law. Although he qualified as a barrister he realised that his real calling was to follow his famous uncle William Somerset Maugham as a writer.

His first three novels were filmed: The Servant by Joseph Losey in 1963, Line on Ginger by Guy Hamilton in 1953, and The Rough and the Smooth by Robert Siodmak in 1959.

He wrote an autobiography, Escape From The Shadows, and books about his uncle, as well as many other novels and plays.

Maugham remained unmarried and the viscountcy became extinct upon his death. He had three sisters, one of whom was the novelist Diana Marr-Johnson (1908-2007).