Of Human Bondage

byW. Somerset MaughamIntroduction byGore Vidal

March 2, 1999|
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

"It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham," wrote Gore Vidal. "He was always so entirely there."
        Originally published in 1915, Of Human Bondage is a potent expression of the power of sexual obsession and of modern man''s yearning for freedom. This classic bildungsroman tells the story of Philip Carey, a sensitive boy born with a clubfoot who is orphaned and raised by a religious aunt and uncle. Philip yearns for adventure, and at eighteen leaves home, eventually pursuing a career as an artist in Paris. When he returns to London to study medicine, he meets the androgynous but alluring Mildred and begins a doomed love affair that will change the course of his life. There is no more powerful story of sexual infatuation, of human longing for connection and freedom.
        "Here is a novel of the utmost importance," wrote Theodore Dreiser on publication. "It is a beacon of light by which the wanderer may be guided. . . . One feels as though one were sitting before a splendid Shiraz of priceless texture and intricate weave, admiring, feeling, responding sensually to its colors and tones."

With an Introduction by Gore Vidal

Commentary by Theodore Dreiser and Graham Greene
William Somerset Maugham, famous as novelist, playwright and short-story writer, 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 a view to practising medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of ...
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Title:Of Human Bondage
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:656 pages, 8 X 5.1 X 1.4 in
Shipping dimensions:656 pages, 8 X 5.1 X 1.4 in
Published:March 2, 1999
Publisher:Random House Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780375753152

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