“Lord Mountdrago,” W. Somerset Maugham, 1939 – Dr. Audlin, a psychoanalyst, is about to meet his next patient, the recalcitrant, snobbish Lord Mountdrago. Although reluctant to confess any weakness, such as guilt or remorse, Mountdrago eventually reveals that he might have destroyed the life and reputation of one of his lowly opponents in the House, a “scrubby little Welsh member” named Griffiths, whom he describes as a “crank” and an “idealist.” Now, Griffiths and the tune “A Bicycle Built for Two” besiege his dreams.
Comments: Thoroughly enjoyable tale of a difficult patient, with much humor from the wry analyst. Read in Perchance to Dream. See the more detailed review at Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database.
Author: Wikipedia: “William Somerset Maugham (25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) was an English playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest paid author during the 1930s.”