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Of Human Bondage

W. Somerset Maugham

ISBN 10: 142092916X / ISBN 13: 9781420929164
Published by Digireads.com, 2007
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Title: Of Human Bondage

Publisher: Digireads.com

Publication Date: 2007

Book Condition:Good

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Considered by many to be Maugham's masterpiece, "Of Human Bondage" is the semi-autobiographical tale of Philip Carey, who like Maugham, is orphaned and brought up by his uncle. "Of Human Bondage" is a "bildungsroman" that traces the travels of its main character to Germany, Paris and London while exploring the intellectual, emotional and psychological development of the protagonist and later his destructive relationship with the main female character, Mildred Rogers. Originally published in 1915, "Of Human Bondage" is one the great classics of the English language.

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It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham," wrote Gore Vidal. "He was always so entirely there."
        Originally published in 1915, Of Human Bondage is a potent expression of the power of sexual obsession and of modern man's yearning for freedom. This classic bildungsroman tells the story of Philip Carey, a sensitive boy born with a clubfoot who is orphaned and raised by a religious aunt and uncle. Philip yearns for adventure, and at eighteen leaves home, eventually pursuing a career as an artist in Paris. When he returns to London to study medicine, he meets the androgynous but alluring Mildred and begins a doomed love affair that will change the course of his life. There is no more powerful story of sexual infatuation, of human longing for connection and freedom.
        "Here is a novel of the utmost importance," wrote Theodore Dreiser on publication. "It is a beacon of light by which the wanderer may be guided. . . . One feels as though one were sitting before a splendid Shiraz of priceless texture and intricate weave, admiring, feeling, responding sensually to its colors and tones."

With an Introduction by Gore Vidal

Commentary by Theodore Dreiser and Graham Greene
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