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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407016450
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 720

Of Human Bondage




Stunningly rejacked as part of a major reinvention of this neglected 20th century master

OF HUMAN BONDAGE is the first and most autobiographical of Maugham's masterpieces. It tells the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love and adventure. After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in Paris as a would-be artists, Philip Settles in London to train as a doctor. And that is where he meets Mildred, the loud but irresistible waitress with whom he plunges into a formative, tortured and masochistic affair which very nearly ruins him. It is in OF HUMAN BONDAGE that the essential themes of autonomy and enslavement which dominate so much of Maugham's writing are most profoundly explored.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407016450
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 720

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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Praise for Of Human Bondage

“A superb storyteller - one of the very best in our language”

Daily Mail

“The modern writer who has influenced me most”

George Orwell

“Maugham has given infinite pleasure and left us a splendour of writing which will remain for as long as the written English word is permitted to exist”

Daily Telegraph


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