Of Human Bondage and the Genius of Somerset Maugham (1843)

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An autobiographical novel, and a masterpiece of twentieth century literature, Of Human Bondage (1915), follows the education of the club-footed Philip Carey as an artist, medic, and lover. Drafted when Somerset Maugham when was merely 23, the novel was rewritten, retitled, and published when he turned 37, upon entering WWI as an ambulance driver. In this bildungsroman, the boy Philip is born into the Victorian age of orphans and funerals and learns the ways of the world during the shabby velvet era of the Edwardians, a time when working women and bohemian art were on the ascendant, but discord loomed in Europe.  

Theodore Dreiser loved the novel and brought it fame among American readers, calling the character portraits "smooth as a Vermeer, as definite as a Hals, brooding and moving as Rembrandt,” the sensual colors and tones of the prose “a symphony of great beauty by a master, Strauss and Beethoven.” He praised Maugham’s style, as an achievement of almost photographic realism.

In this rambling journey of artistic, sexual and domestic awakenings, the protagonist Philip Carey discovers that thirty years of random losses and human relationships might have a pattern, after all, as the sordid and the beautiful strands weave together to create the fullness of a life.

Of Human Bondage, Somerset Maugham

Nicole Miller’s prize-winning essays have appeared recently in New Letters and Arts & Letters magazines. Her fiction has been published twice in The Mays, edited by Jill Paton Walsh and Sebastian Faulks. She received an M.Phil. in Victorian Literature from Lincoln College, Oxford; a PhD in English at University College, London; and an MFA at Emerson College, Boston, where she held the Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing. At The Oxford English Dictionary, she has served as a scholarly reader for British Dialects since 2002. She edits faculty manuscripts in Harvard’s English Department and teaches nineteenth and twentieth century British literature at Politics & Prose in Washington D.C.

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Of Human Bondage (Modern Library) Cover Image
By W. Somerset Maugham, Gore Vidal (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780375753152
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Published: Modern Library - March 2nd, 1999