Liza of Lambeth

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By Somerset Maugham

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Liza of Lambeth (1897) was W. Somerset Maugham's first novel, which he wrote while working as a doctor at a hospital in Lambeth, then a working class district of London. It depicts the short life and death of Liza Kemp, an 18-year-old factory worker who lives together with her ageing mother in the fictional Vere Street off Westminster Bridge Road in Lambeth. It gives the reader an interesting insight into the everyday lives of working class Londoners at the turn of the century.

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