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ISBN13: 9780451530172
ISBN10: 0451530179
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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 relationship that will change his life forever.

About the Author

W. 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 afterwards walked the wards of St. Thomas's Hospital with a view to practice in medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), won him over to letters. Something of his hospital experience is reflected, however, in the first of his masterpieces, Of Human Bondage (1915), and with The Moon and Sixpence (1919) his reputation as a novelist was assured.

His position as one of the most successful playwrights on the London stage was being consolidated simultaneously. His first play, A Man of Honour (1903), was followed by a procession of successes just before and after the First World War. (At one point only Bernard Shaw had more plays running at the same time in London.) His theatre career ended with Sheppey (1933).

His fame as a short-story writer began with The Trembling of a Leaf, sub-titled Little Stories of the South Sea Islands, in 1921, after which he published more than ten collections.

W. Somerset Maugham's general books are fewer in number. They include travel books, such as On a Chinese Screen (1922) and Don Fernando (1935), essays, criticism, and the self-revealing The Summing Up (1938) and A Writer's Notebook (1949).

W. Somerset Maugham became a Companion of Honour in 1954. He died in 1965.

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Kentucky Fan, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by Kentucky Fan)
Can't believe I waited this long to read this classic. It was so painly astute as a character study, but it was also like a car wreck I couldn't look away from. Such a good example of how people make choices; bad, ill-informed choices, that shape the path of their lives. A compelling read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451530172
Author:
Maugham, W. Somerset
Publisher:
Signet Classics
Introduction by:
DeMott, Benjamin
Introduction:
DeMott, Benjamin
Author:
Binchy, Maeve
Author:
Maugham, W. Sommerset
Author:
DeMott, Benjamin
Afterword by:
Binchy, Maeve
Afterword:
Binchy, Maeve
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Physicians
Subject:
People with disabilities
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
6.84x4.24x1.21 in. .71 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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