Of Human Bondage

Author(s): W. Somerset Maugham

Vintage Classics

After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in Paris as would-be artist, Philip Carey 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.

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

"The modern writer who has influenced me the most." - George Orwell
"One of my favourite writers." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"A writer of great dedication." - Graham Greene

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

General Fields

  • : 9780099284963
  • : Vintage Publishing
  • : Vintage Classics
  • : December 1999
  • : 198mm X 130mm X 43mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : W. Somerset Maugham
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 823.912
  • : 720
  • : Modern fiction