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  • Of Human Bondageby W. Somerset Maugham

    Random House Publishing Group 2000; US$ 14.00

    Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time '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... more...

  • Of Human Bondageby W. Somerset Maugham

    Random House Publishing Group 2006; US$ 5.95

    The first and most autobiographical of Maugham's masterpieces. It is 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 artist, he settles in London to train as a doctor where he meets Mildred, the loud but irresistible waitress with whom he plunges... more...

  • Liza of Lambethby W. Somerset Maugham

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.99

    Liza of Lambeth (1897) narrates Liza's last four months alive. She lives in a working-class area of London, and as the youngest of thirteen siblings she is left to look after their incompetent mother. She rejects a local suitor, but finds herself attracted to a mysterious stranger on a site-seeing trip. The novel gives insight into working-class... more...

  • Of Human Bondageby W. Somerset Maugham

    The Floating Press 1915; US$ 3.99

    A nine year old boy's mother dies shortly after the death of his father. He is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in a small East-Anglian village, where his uncle is vicar. This uncle holds the boy's significant inheritance for him until he comes of age, giving him unlimited power over the boy. The novel is considered a masterpiece, and is... more...

  • The Magicianby W. Somerset Maugham

    The Floating Press 1908; US$ 4.99

    Maugham wrote The Magician after meeting the famous magician and occultist Aleister Crowly in Paris. He caricatures Crowly as the protagonist Oliver Haddo, a magician who is attempting to create life. Crowly later accused Maugham of plagiarism and Maugham added the foreword A Fragment of Autobiography, which is included in this edition. more...

  • The Moon and Sixpenceby W. Somerset Maugham

    The Floating Press 1919; US$ 3.99

    The Moon and Sixpence is a fictional novel heavily influenced by the life of French painter Paul Gauguin. The novel is told first-person, dipping episodically into the mind of the artist. Charles Strickland is an English stock broker, who leaves everything behind him in his middle age to live in defiant squalor in Paris as an artist. His genius is... more...

  • The Moon and Sixpenceby W. Somerset Maugham

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 14.00

    Based on the life of Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence  is W. Somerset Maugham's ode to the powerful forces behind creative genius. Charles Strickland is a staid banker, a man of wealth and privilege.  He is also a man possessed of an unquenchable desire to create art.  As Strickland pursues his artistic vision, he leaves London for Paris and Tahiti,... more...

  • The Summing Upby W. Somerset Maugham

    Random House 2010; US$ 14.09

    Autobiographical without being an autobiography, confessional without disclosing his private self, The Summing Up , written when Maugham was sixty-four, is an inimitable expression of a personal credo. It is not only a classic avowal of a professional author's ideas about style, literarture, art, drama and philosophy, but also an illuminating insight... more...

  • Mrs Craddockby W. Somerset Maugham

    Random House 2010; US$ 11.27

    Bertha Ley comes of age, inherits her father's money and promptly marries a handsome, calm and unimaginative man. Bertha is wildly in love with Edward and believes she can be happy playing the role of a dutiful wife in their country home. But, intelligent and sensual, she quickly becomes bored by her oppressively conventional life, and finds her love... more...

  • On A Chinese Screenby W. Somerset Maugham

    Random House 2010; US$ 12.68

    Maugham spent the winter months of 1919 travelling fifteen hundred miles up the Yangtze river. Always more interested in people than places, he noted down acute and finely crafted sketches of those he met on countless scraps of paper. In the resulting collection we encounter Western missionaries, army officers and company managers who are culturally... more...