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Of Human Bondage

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"Of Human Bondage" is 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 would-be artist, 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 704 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 44mm | 480.81g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099284960
  • 9780099284963
  • 10,850

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"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 "This semi-autobiographical novel, set at the end of the 19th century, gripped me from the start with its tale of the life of Philip Carey. Its depiction of how a man can become enslaved by an unsuitable love is unsparing" -- Christopher Simon Sykes The Weekshow more

About 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 1965show more

Review Text

"This semi-autobiographical novel, set at the end of the 19th century, gripped me from the start with its tale of the life of Philip Carey. Its depiction of how a man can become enslaved by an unsuitable love is unsparing"show more

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'A superb storyteller - one of the very best in our language' Daily Mail Of Human Bondage is 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 would-be artist, 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. See also: The Moon and Sixpenceshow more

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37,744 ratings
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Our customer reviews

Such a beautifully written novel, I have never before felt a strong feeling for characters in a story than I did with this one. So effortless to read and enjoyable to the point that the world slips away. This was the first book I have read by W. Somerset Maugham and I will certainly not be the last.show more
by Nathan C Semmens
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