The Moon and Sixpence

The Moon and Sixpence

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By (author) W. Somerset Maugham

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 16mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 31 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099284766
  • ISBN 13: 9780099284765
  • Sales rank: 54,416

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Charles Strickland, a conventional stockbroker, abandons his wife and children for Paris and Tahiti, to live his life as a painter. Whilst his betrayal of family, duty and honour gives him the freedom to achieve greatness, his decision leads to an obsession which carries severe implications. Inspired by the life of Paul Gauguin, "The Moon and Sixpence" is at once a satiric caricature of Edwardian conventions and a vivid portrayal of the mentality of a genius.

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Author information

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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"Magnificent" Express "From an era that produced George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells and John Galsworthy, Maugham is the great survivor" Economist "If anyone deserves resuscitation, he does... As a teenager, I read and reread my sister's long shelf of Maughams. What I enjoyed was their atmosphere: the brooding, sensual, sinister mood of exotic locations, where his characters seemed always on the verge of mania and where no-one behaved nearly so well as they were expected to" -- Rosemary Goring Herald

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Charles Strickland yearns to paint, and abandoning his wife and children, disappears to Paris and then to Tahiti, where he hurls himself into his art. Maugham's account of this Gaugin-like character is observant, penetrating and sternly unromantic. (Kirkus UK)