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Ashenden or the British Agent, by W. Somerset Maugham

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Ashenden or The British Agent

by W. Somerset Maugham, Doubleday,

Previous owner’s name inside front cover, some fading and spine and corner bumps, otherwise good tight copy.

Has dust jacket, but is missing pieces, now in Mylar jacket.

New York; 1941;

304 pages. 

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Ashenden Or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham Ashenden Or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham

Ashenden: Or the British Agent is a 1928 collection of loosely linked stories by W. Somerset Maugham. It is partly based on the author’s experience as a member of British Intelligence in Europe during the First World War.

It is an archetype of the espionage novel, a book to which more contemporary practitioners such as Eric AmblerIan FlemingLeslie CharterisGraham GreeneLen DeightonJohn le CarréRobert Ludlum, and Alan Furst are indebted for its role in developing the genre]. An example of this is the device, which Fleming copied in the James Bond novels, of referring to the head of British Intelligence only by an initial. In fact, the director of MI6 has always been known as “C”, supposedly for “chief”, but actually because the first director, Sir Mansfield Smith-Cumming, signed departmental paperwork with that initial.

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