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Of Human Bondage (Modern Library)

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ISBN13: 9780375753152
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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

About the Author

W. Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He trained as a doctor in London where he started writing his first novels. In 1926 he bought a house in Cap Ferrat, France, which was to become a meeting place for a number of writers, artists and politicians. He died in 1965.

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noodles, March 22, 2007 (view all comments by noodles)
Somerset's novel is interesting, but isn't as wonderful as perceived. The book tends to drag on, and although there are some beautiful uses of words in the novel, it doesn't captivate you.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375753152
Introduction:
Vidal, Gore
Author:
Maugham, Somerset
Introduction by:
Vidal, Gore
Introduction:
Vidal, Gore
Author:
Maugham, W. Somerset
Author:
Vidal, Gore
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Handicapped
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Physicians
Subject:
Artists -- Fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Orphans -- Fiction.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1999
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library 100 Best Novels
Series Volume:
66
Publication Date:
19990331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
7.96 x 5.2 x 1.41 in 1 lb

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