Trading Places: Somerset Maugham's Tales from Abroad

Hooper, Glenn. "Trading Places: Somerset Maugham's Tales from Abroad." Journal of the Short Story in English 29 (1997): 2-11.

This article looks at three short story collections, The Trembling of a LeafThe Casuarina Tree and Ah King, and one story from On a Chinese Screen.

Hooper studies these short stories as colonial narratives recording the search for racial identity and examines Maugham's query at different levels on the relationship between the self and the place in which one is situated.

The critic offers in-depth analysis of Maugham's stories and shows how Maugham's work should have been studied.