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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407019871
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

The Magician




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

Set in the bohemian café society of Paris at the turn of the nineteenth century, Maugham's exploration of hypnotism and the occult was inspired by the sinister black magician Aleister Crowley. At the start of this compulsive gothic horror story, Arthur and his beautiful, innocent fiancée Margaret look forward to an idyllic life together, until they encounter the mesmerising and repulsive Oliver Haddo...

  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407019871
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

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 The Magician

You will acknowledge Maugham as the Master

New Statesman

[Maugham is] a great artist . . . a genius

Theodore Dreiser

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