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Of Human Bondage : Vintage Classics - William Somerset Maugham

Of Human Bondage

Vintage Classics

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Published: April 2000
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Of Human Bondage is the first and most autobiographical of Maugham's masterpieces. It tells the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love and adventure. After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in Paris as a would-be artists, Philip Settles in London to train as a doctor. And that is where he meets Mildred, the loud but irresistible waitress with whom he plunges into a formative, tortured and masochistic affair which very nearly ruins him. It is in Of Human Bondage that the essential themes of autonomy and enslavement which dominate so much of Maugham's writing are most profoundly explored.

About the Author

William Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King’s School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He spent some time at St. Thomas’ Hospital with the idea of practising medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, published in 1897, won him over to literature. Of Human Bondage, the first of his masterpieces, came out in 1915, and with the publication in 1919 of The Moon and Sixpence his reputation as a novelist was established. At the same time his fame as a successful playwright and writer was being consolidated with acclaimed productions of various plays and the publication of several short story collections. His other works include travel books, essays, criticism and the autobiographical The Summing Up and A Writer’s Notebook. In 1927 Somerset Maugham settled in the South of France and lived there until his death in 1965.

"A superb storyteller - one of the very best in our language" Daily Mail "The modern writer who has influenced me most" -- George Orwell "Maugham has given infinite pleasure and left us a splendour of writing which will remain for as long as the written English word is permitted to exist" Daily Telegraph "This semi-autobiographical novel, set at the end of the 19th century, gripped me from the start with its tale of the life of Philip Carey. Its depiction of how a man can become enslaved by an unsuitable love is unsparing" -- Christopher Simon Sykes The Week

ISBN: 9780099284963
ISBN-10: 0099284960
Series: Vintage classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 720
Published: April 2000
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1  x 4.5
Weight (kg): 0.51