The Creative Impulse by W.Somerset Maugham, adapted by Neville Teller

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BBC Radio 7, 18 July 2009
Mrs. Forrester (Sylvia Syms) appeared to have it all - a precocious literary talent, an admiring coterie of acquaintances, and a loyal husband (Desmond Barrit) who, although possessing no creative talent of his own, provided financial support for his wife.
One day, however, her world fell apart at the seams. Her husband eloped with Mrs. Bullfinch the cook (Shirley Anne Field) and set up home in a seedy Kennington apartment, citing boredom as a reason for his decision. Although outraged at this, Mrs. Forrester failed to win him back; her husband recommended that she should stop writing pretentious claptrap and turn to detective novels instead. By this means she might become financially self-sufficient. Despite initial misgivings, Mrs. Forrester took his advice and wrote a book with the classical-sounding title ("The Achilles Statue"), which immediately became a best-seller. Flushed with success, she continued her literary seminars, even though the focus of attention switched from stylistic matters to working out whodunit.
This little tale gave Somerset Maugham the chance to take pot-shots at the literati (who might denounce him as a 'popular' novelist), as well as defending 'ordinary' readers. The story contains some neat little jokes - during her literary period Mrs. Forrester favours the colon, but once she has followed her husband's advice she deigns to include the semi-colon in her prose.
Neville Teller's adaptation introduced the narrator (Dirk Bogarde) recounting the story to the listeners. This was a clever strategy - although Bogarde had an immaculate speaking voice (the product of his training at the Rank Organization), there was a touch of playfulness to it, as if he were enjoying the experience of recounting Mrs. Forrester's conversion. The tone he employed is difficult to describe in words - perhaps whimsical might be the best term. While appreciating what Mrs. Forrester was trying to do, the narrator understood the significance of her becoming more populist in approach, so as to survive. The fact she accomplished this task was testament to her resilience. The director of this production was Janet Whittaker.