• Short Summary

    THE ASHES OF NOVELIST AND PLAYWRIGHT, SOMERSET MAUGHAM, WERE BURIED TODAY IN THE SHADOW OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, BRITAIN.

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    THE ASHES OF NOVELIST AND PLAYWRIGHT, SOMERSET MAUGHAM, WERE BURIED TODAY IN THE SHADOW OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, BRITAIN. MAUGHAM DIED AT HIS RIVIERA VILLA LAST THURSDAY, AGED 91 AND HIS ASHES WERE FLOWN TO ENGLAND FROM MARSEILLES YESTERDAY.

    BOYS OF KING'S SCHOOL, WHERE MAUGHAM WAS EDUCATED LAST CENTURY, RINGED THE LAWN AS THE CASKET BEARING THE ASHES WAS PLACED BY THE WALL OF A LIBRARY PRESENTED BY THE NOVELIST TO THE SCHOOL. THE LIBRARY, WHICH HE OPENED IN 1958, CONTAINS THOUSANDS OF BOOKS FROM HIS COLLECTION.

    THE ASHES, CONTAINED IN A MAHOGANY CASKET, WERE CARRIED IN PROCESSION FOR THE FINAL 400 YARDS FROM THE DEANERY IN GREEN COURT TO A QUIET CLOISTER WHERE A SEMI-CIRCLE OF KING'S BOYS STOOD WAITING.

    15 FAMILY MOURNERS WERE HEADED BY MAUGHAM'S DAUGHTER, LADY GLENDEVON, WHO WAS ON THE ARM OF HE HUSBAND, LORD GLENDEVON. ALSO AMONG THE MOURNERS WERE SEVERAL OF THE SCHOOL GOVERNORS AND CANON FREDERICK SHIRLEY,,A FORMER HEADMASTER. THE PRIVATE SERVICE WAS CONDUCTED BY THE DEAN OF CANTERBURY, THE VERY REVEREND IAN WHITE-THOMPSON. A SENIOR SCHOLAR PLACED A WREATH IN THE FORM OF A SCHOOL CREST. OTHER WREATHS INCLUDED ONE FROM THE SKIPPER AND CREW OF THE TANKER NAMED AFTER THE WRITER, SOME OF WHOSE SHORT STORIES ARE SET ON SEA VOYAGES.

    SOMERSET MAUGHAM WAS A BOARDER AT KING'S FROM 1885 TO 1889. HIS CASKET BORE A NICKEL PLATE, WITH A SIMPLE INSCRIPTION -- SOMERSET MAUGHAM -- 1974 TO 1965. A STUDENT OF MEDICINE AT HEIDELBERG UNIVERSITY AND ST. THOMAS HOSPITAL, LONDON, SOMERSET MAUGHAM SWITCHED TO LETTERS TO ACHIEVE WORLD FAME.

    PROBABLY HIS MOST FAMOUS WORK "OF HUMAN BONDAGE" WAS PUBLISHED IN 1915. AT THE HIGHEST OF HIS CAREER, MAUGHAM ONCE HAD FOUR PLAYS RUNNING IN LONDON THEATRES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACMH4H066W9RV289T2VT9IXRFW
    Media URN:
    VLVACMH4H066W9RV289T2VT9IXRFW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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