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  • Published: 4 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780451530172
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $9.99

Of Human Bondage: 100th Anniversary Edition


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From a tormented orphan with a clubfoot, Philip Carey grows into an impressionable young man with a voracious appetite for adventure and knowledge. His cravings take him to Paris at age eighteen to try his hand at art, then back to London to study medicine. 

From a tormented orphan with a clubfoot, Philip Carey grows into an impressionable young man with a voracious appetite for adventure and knowledge. His cravings take him to Paris at age eighteen to try his hand at art, then back to London to study medicine. But even so, nothing can sate his nagging hunger for experience. Then he falls obsessively in love, embarking on a disastrous relationship that will change his life forever . . . 

Marked by countless similarities to Maugham's own life, his masterpiece is 'not an autobiography,' as the author himself once contended, 'but an autobiographical novel; fact and fiction are inexorably mingled; the emotions are my own.' And although he based Of Human Bondage on what he knew, his is an 'excessively rare gift of storytelling . . . almost the equal of imagination itself.'*

With an Introduction by Benjamin De Mott and an Afterword by Maeve Binchy

*The Sunday Times (London)

'The modern writer who has influenced me the most.' George Orwell

'One of my favorite writers.' Gabriel García Marquez

  • Pub date: 4 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780451530172
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $9.99

About the Author

W. Somerset Maugham

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

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