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Of Human Bondage

by W. Somerset Maugham

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...


The Moon and Sixpence

by W. Somerset Maugham

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...


The Razor's Edge

by W. Somerset Maugham

Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. The progress of his spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brilliant characters - his fiancée Isabel whose choice between love...


The Magician: A Novel

by W. Somerset Maugham

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...


The Land of The Blessed Virgin: Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia

by W. Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was an English playwright, novelist, and short story writer. He was one of the most popular authors of his era, and reputedly the highest paid of his profession during the...


Mrs Craddock

by W. Somerset Maugham & Robert Calder

Edward Craddock is a thoroughly good man. He may lack his wife Bertha’s education, but he is unfailingly good-humored, handsome, placid, and popular. It is hardly surprising that Bertha adores him. But expending...


The Moon and Sixpence

by W. Somerset Maugham

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...


Of Human Bondage

by W. Somerset Maugham

Of Human Bondage is Maugham's autobiographical masterpiece. Philip Carey is an orphan with a clubfoot. He grows up to love books and struggles trying to understand why life has been so cruel to him. Then he...


Liza of Lambeth

by W. Somerset Maugham

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...


The Moon and Sixpence

by W. Somerset Maugham

The Moon and Sixpence is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham, told in episodic form by the first-person narrator as a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character, Charles Strickland, a middle-aged...


Of Human Bondage

by W. Somerset Maugham & Benjamin DeMott

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...


The Great Novels and Short Stories of Somerset Maugham

by W. Somerset Maugham

This compilation contains three complete novels and eight major short stories from the canon of one of the twentieth century’s most enduringly popular fiction writers.

From London to Hong Kong, from Paris to...


Of Human Bondage

by W. Somerset Maugham

Generally considered to be W. Somerset Maugham’s masterpiece, Of Human Bondage follows Philip Carey, an orphan since age nine, as he grows up in a small town under the care of his aunt and uncle—a vicar who...


The Moon and Sixpence

by W. Somerset Maugham

Shedding harsh light on an artist's ego, Maugham reveals the lengths to which one man will go to focus on his art. Written in 1919, the tale remains controversial even today.


Rain and Other South Sea Stories

by W. Somerset Maugham

The clash between a missionary and a prostitute, "Rain" is among this master storyteller's most famous tales. Additional selections include "Macintosh," "The Fall of Edward Barnard," "The Pool," and other compelling...


The Moon and Sixpence

by W. Somerset Maugham & Robert Calder

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...


The Magician

by W. Somerset Maugham & Robert Calder

Maugham’s enchanting tale of secrets and fatal attraction

The Magician is one of Somerset Maugham’s most complex and perceptive novels. Running through it is the theme of evil, deftly woven into a story...


Orientations

by W. Somerset Maugham

This collection of short stories is sure to please fans of the eminently talented British author W. Somerset Maugham. With details drawn from Maugham's first extended period of living abroad, the stories offer...


Explorer

by W. Somerset Maugham

This novel from the classic era of colonialist literature is sure to intrigue readers interested in nineteenth and early twentieth century fiction. Although some of the imperialist attitudes evinced by the protagonist...


The Trembling of a Leaf: Little Stories of the South Sea Islands

by W. Somerset Maugham

Literary fiction fans will delight in this exquisitely wrought collection of stories from W. Somerset Maugham, a writer many critics regard as one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. Most...