WHO LARRY DARRELL WAS IN REAL LIFE, WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM, ETC.
- THE RAZOR'S EDGE: W. Somerset Maugham, Sri Ramana Maharshi, Guy Hague, and Zen
Explores who Larry Darrell was in "real life" and what happened to him post-novel.
- GUY HAGUE
Some people think Guy Hague was the real life role model for Larry Darrell. Find out.
- SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI
Insights and background into the "holy man" Maugham used as a model for Larry Darrell's teacher.
Additional gurus, teachers and spiritual guides influential in Darrell's life:
- ZEN ENLIGHTENMENT: The Path Unfolds
Recounts meeting "Larry Darrell" in real life and the downstream results of that encounter.
- 20th CENTURY NOVELS: The Razor's Edge
Maugham's novel was a runnaway bestseller. Some of the reasons why are explored.
- W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM: Travels In India
Just when was Maugham in India and meet the Maharshi Sri Ramana?
- RELIGION AND CATHOLICISM IN THE RAZOR' EDGE
Although eastern mysticism is the main focus in Maugham's novel, threads of other religions abide.
- RAZOR'S EDGE NOTES
Quick overview of the novel's major characters and themes done in a list-type note style.
- MAXIM'S RESTAURANT, PARIS, AND THE RAZOR'S EDGE
Maxim's was the backdrop to one of Isabel and Larry's major meetings.
- AS THE DAY BROKE IN ITS SPLENDOR
Larry tells Maugham of his meeting with the Maharshi and eventual spiritual awakening.
- WILLIAM SOMERSET MAUGHAM
Good biography. Lots of Maugham graphics, from early childhood to late adult.
Two additional, concise biographies, each from a different perspective:
- HERE LIES THE HEART
Feminine seductress Mercedes De Acosta tells or her meeting with Sri Ramana and writes of Maugham.
- W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM ARCHIVES
Links to various Maugham-related university-college collections and archives.
Includes link to the art collection of W. Somerset Maugham.
- KATHA UPANISHAD
Maugham opens his novel and gets the title THE RAZOR'S EDGE from the Katha Upanisand. What is the Katha Upanishad?
Fundamentally, our experience as experienced is not different from the Zen master's. Where
we differ is that we place a fog, a particular kind of conceptual overlay onto that experience
and then make an emotional investment in that overlay, taking it to be "real" in and of itself.
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