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The Moon and Sixpence [Paperback]

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The Moon and Sixpence (1919) by William Somerset Maugham is the complex story of Charles Strickland, a man who abandons his family and his secure life as an English businessman to pursue an uncertain but meaningful existence as an artist, from Paris slums to the lush fertility of Tahiti, and into the glory of the creative wilderness.

Inspired by the life of the artist Paul Gauguin, this is a psychological study of the creative urge as it stands in conflict with the bonds of ordinary life and personal relationships.

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Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 6" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 16, 2007
Publisher   Norilana Books
ISBN  1934169714  
ISBN13  9781934169711  

Availability  57 units.
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More About W. Somerset Maugham

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He afterwards walked the wards of St. Thomas's Hospital with a view to practice in medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), won him over to letters. Something of his hospital experience is reflected, however, in the first of his masterpieces, Of Human Bondage (1915), and with The Moon and Sixpence (1919) his reputation as a novelist was assured.

His position as one of the most successful playwrights on the London stage was being consolidated simultaneously. His first play, A Man of Honour (1903), was followed by a procession of successes just before and after the First World War. (At one point only Bernard Shaw had more plays running at the same time in London.) His theatre career ended with Sheppey (1933).His fame as a short-story writer began with The Trembling of a Leaf, sub-titled Little Stories of the South Sea Islands, in 1921, after which he published more than ten collections.

W. Somerset Maugham's general books are fewer in number. They include travel books, such as On a Chinese Screen (1922) and Don Fernando (1935), essays, criticism, and the self-revealing The Summing Up (1938) and A Writer's Notebook (1949).He became a Companion of Honour in 1954.

Robert Calder is professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan.


W. Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and died in 1965.

W. Somerset Maugham has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Modern Library (Paperback)
  2. Penguin Twentieth Century Classics
  3. Vintage International
  4. Vintage International

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