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OF HUMAN BONDAGE

OF HUMAN BONDAGE

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OF HUMAN BONDAGE

by Maugham, W. Somerset

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New York: George H. Doran Company, 1915. Very good plus.. Inscribed first US edition, first issue of this semi-autobiographical classic, which predates the English edition by one day; adapted for the big screen on three separate occasions. OF HUMAN BONDAGE was an early career work in which, "we have nearly all the motifs that reappear in the later Maugham," notes Alexander Boyle, including his habit of writing parts of himself into many of his books: OF HUMAN BONDAGE is certainly his most autobiographical. Its first film adaptation, pre-code in 1934, starred Leslie Howard and a very slinky and emotionally raw Bette Davis. It was Davis's first large-scale success, and though she was passed over for the Best Actress Oscar that year, the role established her as a star.
This copy features interesting bookish provenance: Maugham inscribed it to Ohio bookseller Paul North, and it contains the bookplate of Wallace Hugh Cathcart, Cleveland bookseller, philanthropist, book collector, and one of the founders of the American Booksellers Association. 7.75'' x 5.25''. Original green cloth binding with gilt lettering to front board and spine. With "help" corrected to "helped" (Stott's second state). 648 pages. Inscribed by Maugham to "Paul North" on front flyleaf. Pictorial bookplate of Wallace Hugh Cathcart tipped onto front pastedown. Small bookseller's label from "McClelland & Co." in Columbus, Ohio to front pastedown. Binding with some edgewear/scuffing, mild soiling to top edge, faint trace of old touchup to spine head. Both hinges cracking, but sound. A clean copy.

Synopsis

Of Human Bondage is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham. It is generally agreed to be his masterpiece and to be strongly autobiographical in nature, although Maugham stated, "This is a novel, not an autobiography, though much in it is autobiographical, more is pure invention. " Maugham, who had originally planned to call his novel Beauty from Ashes, finally settled on a title taken from Spinoza's Ethics

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Bookseller
Type Punch Matrix US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
44507
Title
OF HUMAN BONDAGE
Author
Maugham, W. Somerset
Book Condition
Used - Very good plus.
Quantity Available
1
Publisher
George H. Doran Company
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1915
Keywords
20th century,English & British,Books to Film

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