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ID
B65
Title
'The Lily.'
Genre
Story
Page Count
11
Word Count
2260
Publisher
Argosy
Listener
Story
Publication Year
1933
Document Types
Full-text Online
Comic Fiction
First-Person Narratives
Uncle Silas Stories
Topics
Death, Age, Sex

In this first of many Uncle Silas tales, the narrator introduces his 93-year-old great-uncle, vigorously gardening at his idyllic country cottage, displaying a vast capacity for food and drink, and bickering with his cantankerous housekeeper. Only in the last two pages does the tale of the lily come out, revealing Silas's devilish humor and way with the ladies.

In The Listener (February 22, 1933), Story (October 1933), The Woman Who Had Imagination and Other Stories (1934), My Uncle Silas (1939). Reprinted in Argosy (June 1941) and W. Somerset Maugham's Introduction to Modern English and American Literature (1943), Of Leaf and Flower (2001).

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