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The Magician By W. Somerset Maugham
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The Magician is an early W. Somerset Maugham novel, originally published in 1908. In this tale, the magician Oliver Haddo, a caricature of Aleister Crowley, attempts to create life. Crowley wrote a... More > critique of this book under the pen name Oliver Haddo, where he accused Maugham of plagiarism.< Less
Of Human Bondage By W. Somerset Maugham
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Of Human Bondage is W. Somerset Maugham's 1915 masterpiece featuring the young Philip Carey. The work is considered autobiographical, though Maugham claims that most was "pure invention."... More > The novel is set during the end of the 19th century, and Philip, an orphan, has to maneuver a life as a young apprentice in art and medicine. Philip moves on to Paris to live in a commune of sorts with other artists, which is contrasted with squalor of London. Philip becomes entangled in a love affair so viscous and compulsive it threatens to do him in. Of Human Bondage is a long work, but it allows Maugham to build up an incredible array of memorable characters. You won't forget Mildred Rogers, the torrid love interest, though she is shallow and unfaithful. You'll find that their twisted relationship is the almost a character itself, as Maugham demonstrates that love is itself a form of bondage.< Less
Of Human Bondage (Illustrated) By W. Somerset Maugham
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From an orphan with a clubfoot, Philip Carey grows into an impressionable young man with a voracious appetite for adventure and knowledge. Then he falls obsessively in love, embarking on a disastrous... More > relationship that will change his life forever.< Less
The Moon and Sixpence By W. Somerset Maugham
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An uncompromising and self-destructive deserts his wife, family, business, and civilization for his art. Shedding harsh light on an artist's ego, Maugham reveals the lengths to which one man will go... More > to focus on his art. Written in 1919, this unforgettable story is timeless in its appeal.< Less
Of Human Bondage By W. Somerset Maugham
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Of Human Bondage (1915) is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham. It is generally agreed to be his masterpiece and to be strongly autobiographical in nature, although Maugham stated, "This is a novel,... More > not an autobiography, though much in it is autobiographical, more is pure invention." Story of Philip Carey, a boy who is orphaned and left to be raised be his elderly aunt and uncle who are highly religious and not very affectionate. The book begins with the death of Helen Carey, the mother of nine-year-old Philip Carey. Philip's father Henry had died a few months before, and the orphan Philip, born with a club foot, is sent to live with his Aunt Louisa and Uncle William Carey. Early chapters relate Philip's experience at the vicarage. Louisa tries to be a mother to Philip, but his uncle takes a cold disposition towards him. Philip's uncle has a vast collection of books, and Philip enjoys reading to find ways to escape his mundane existence. The Modern Library ranked in is list of the 100 best novels.< Less
Liza of Lambeth By W. Somerset Maugham
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An interesting story of life and character in the Surrey-side slums, presented with a great deal of sympathetic humour.
The Moon and Sixpence By W. Somerset Maugham
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An uncompromising and self-destructive deserts his wife, family, business, and civilization for his art. Shedding harsh light on an artist's ego, Maugham reveals the lengths to which one man will go... More > to focus on his art. Written in 1919, this unforgettable story is timeless in its appeal.< Less
The Moon and Sixpence By W. Somerset Maugham
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The Moon and Sixpence is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham, told in episodic form by the first-person narrator as a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character, Charles... More > Strickland, a middle-aged English stockbroker who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist. The story is said to be loosely based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin. Strickland is a well-off, middle-class stockbroker in London sometime in the late 19th or early 20th century. Early in the novel, he leaves his wife and children and goes to Paris, living a destitute but defiantly content life there as a painter. Strickland later discards the wife, who then commits suicide - yet another human casualty in Strickland's single-minded pursuit of Art and Beauty. After the Paris episode, the story continues in Tahiti. Strickland has already died, and the narrator attempts to piece together his life there from the recollections of others.< Less
Of Human Bondage By W. Somerset Maugham
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Of Human Bondage is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham. It is generally agreed to be his masterpiece. The book begins with the death of the mother of the nine-year-old protagonist, Philip Carey. Philip's... More > father had already died a few months before, and the orphan Philip is sent to live with his aunt and uncle. Philip inherits a small fortune but the money is held in custody by his uncle until he is twenty-one, giving his uncle a great deal of power over him until he reaches his maturity. He soon eventually meets a young woman. They have an affair, and when she thinks she is pregnant, Philip decides to give up his long-cherished plans to travel to exotic lands, and to marry Sally instead. Despite learning that it was a false alarm, Philip nonetheless becomes engaged to Sally, his lifelong quest for happiness and self-acceptance culminating in the conclusion that "the simplest pattern, that in which a man was born, worked, married, had children, and died, was likewise the most perfect".< Less
The Magician By W. Somerset Maugham
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In this tale, the magician Oliver Haddo, a caricature of Aleister Crowley, attempts to create life. Crowley wrote a critique of this book under the pen name Oliver Haddo, where he accused Maugham of... More > plagiarism.< Less