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Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham - First - 1936 - from Revue & Revalued Books  and Biblio.com

Of Human Bondage

by W. Somerset Maugham

Condition: Very Good-/None


This book is in very good condition. There is practically no wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover. The corners are not bumped. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but they are clear of all markings.

"In Aspects of the Novel, EM Forster wrote: "The final test of a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, of anything else that we cannot define." He might have been writing about W Somerset Maugham's masterpiece, Of Human Bondage. For English readers, this is a Bildungsroman we mostly first encounter as adolescents. It earns its place in this list for the edgy economy of its dark, often cruel narrative more than its style (prosaic) or its humanity (tormented). Maugham's unforgettable portrait of Philip Carey is one that teenagers, typically, will ingest like junkies, not least because Maugham poured so much of himself into the plot of the novel and its strangely sympathetic protagonist. Perhaps not since David Copperfield, an obvious inspiration, had an English writer mined his own life so explicitly or so ruthlessly...." - The Guardian, U.S. Edition, July 21st, 2014

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 Read more: Identifying first editions of Of Human Bondage


  • Bookseller: Revue & Revalued Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 326
  • Title: Of Human Bondage
  • Author: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Format/binding:The binding is loose but the book still is intact.
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good-
  • Jacket condition: None
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: International Collectors Library American Headquarters
  • Place: Garden City, New York
  • Date published: 1936
  • Keywords: Semi-autobiographical, Novel, Victorian, Classic, 20th Century Literature,
  • Bookseller catalogs: Fiction; Classics;
  • Size: Crown Octavo


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