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Of human bondage

Author: W Somerset Maugham
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1999.
Series: Modern Library 100 best novels.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : English : Modern Library pbk. edView all editions and formats
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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 obsession and of modern man's yearning for freedom. This classic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965.
Of human bondage.
New York : Modern Library, 1999
(DLC) 98046169
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: W Somerset Maugham
ISBN: 9780679641704 067964170X
OCLC Number: 70767269
Description: 1 online resource (xxxix, 611 pages).
Series Title: Modern Library 100 best novels.
Responsibility: W. Somerset Maugham ; introduction by Gore Vidal.

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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 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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