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The Resource Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage

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Of Human Bondage
Title
Of Human Bondage
Statement of responsibility
W. Somerset Maugham ; introduction by Gore Vidal
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Language
eng
Summary
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 Vidal. "He was always so entirely there." Originally published in 1915, Of Human Bondage is a potent expression of the power of sexual obsession and of modern man's yearning for freedom. This classic bildungsroman tells the story of Philip Carey, a sensitive boy born with a clubfoot who is orphaned and raised by a religious aunt and uncle. Philip yearns for adventure, and at eighteen leaves home, eventually pursuing a career as an artist in Paris. When he returns to London to study medicine, he meets the androgynous but alluring Mildred and begins a doomed love affair that will change the course of his life. There is no more powerful story of sexual infatuation, of human longing for connection and freedom. "Here is a novel of the utmost importance," wrote Theodore Dreiser on publication. "It is a beacon of light by which the wanderer may be guided. . . . One feels as though one were sitting before a splendid Shiraz of priceless texture and intricate weave, admiring, feeling, responding sensually to its colors and tones."With an Introduction by Gore VidalCommentary by Theodore Dreiser and Graham Greene
Summary
Considered by many to be W. Somerset Maugham's masterpiece, Of Human Bondage traces the travels of Philip Carey to Germany, Paris, and London while exploring his intellectual, emotional, and psychological development and, later, his destructive relationship with a tawdry waitress
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043492
Cataloging source
DLC
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1874-1965
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  • Maugham, W. Somerset
  • DeMott, Benjamin
  • Binchy, Maeve
Dewey number
823.912
Index
no index present
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910
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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1925-2012
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Vidal, Gore
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True
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  • Classic Literature
  • Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Of Human Bondage
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:dfcdafb3-9894-4dbb-9869-c278043e8fc6
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781101077689
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Of Human Bondage
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:dfcdafb3-9894-4dbb-9869-c278043e8fc6
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781101077689
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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