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Of Human Bondage (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780140185225
ISBN10: 0140185224
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Philip Carey, a handicapped orphan, is brought up by a clergyman, but Philip sheds his religious faith and begins to study art in Paris.

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Reissue.

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.

Robert Calder is professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan.

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chaotica2010, December 13, 2006 (view all comments by chaotica2010)
"Of Human Bondage", by W Somerset Maugham had been on my shelf for awhile when I decided to read it. I wished, as I do with a lot of books I have, that I had read it sooner.

Maugham writes the human condition very well, and while the book is almost 700 pages it never gets slow. The story centers around Phillip, who's life is followed from childhood well into adulthood. Phillip has it harder than most, his mother dies in the first chapter of the book, leaving him alone in the world except for his aunt and uncle with whom he goes to live. The whole story deals with Phillip finding his way in the world. He is particularly bad at relationships and in finding what it is that he wants to do. He goes through one hardship after another and attach's to people that are not the best of influences. He is constantly trying to find himself through all of these characters he meets, and slowly but surely he eventually finds himself. Not though before he has to go through a lot of other things first.

If you want to read Maugham, try this out. You won't be disappointed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140185225
Introduction:
Calder, Robert
Author:
Calder, Robert
Introduction by:
Calder, Robert
Introduction:
Calder, Robert
Author:
Maugham, W. Somerset
Author:
Calder, Robert
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Handicapped
Subject:
British and irish
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Physicians
Subject:
Orphans -- Fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
People with disabilities
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Twentieth Century Classics
Series Volume:
73
Publication Date:
19920331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
7.64x5.12x1.27 in. .95 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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