Moon and Sixpence

ISBN-10: 0143039342
ISBN-13: 9780143039341
Edition: 2005
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Description: The Moon and Sixpence , published in 1919, was one of the novels that galvanized W. Somerset Maughams reputation as a literary master. It follows the life of one Charles Strickland, a bourgeois city gent whose dull exterior conceals the soul of a  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/29/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

The Moon and Sixpence , published in 1919, was one of the novels that galvanized W. Somerset Maughams reputation as a literary master. It follows the life of one Charles Strickland, a bourgeois city gent whose dull exterior conceals the soul of a genius. Compulsive and impassioned, he abandons his home, wife, and children to devote himself slavishly to painting. In a tiny studio in Paris, he fills canvas after canvas, refusing to sell or even exhibit his work. Beset by poverty, sickness, and his own intransigent, unscrupulous nature, he drifts to Tahiti, where, even after being blinded by leprosy, he produces some of his most extraordinary works of art. Inspired by the life of Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence is an unforgettablestudy of a man possessed by the need to createregardless of the cost to himself and to others.

Writer William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris on January 25, 1874. He attended St. Thomas's Medical School in London. A prolific writer, Maugham produced novels, short stories, plays, and an autobiographical novel, "Of Human Bondage." Although he remains popular for his novels and short stories, when he was alive his plays, now dated, were also popular, and in 1908 four of his plays ran simultaneously. Maugham died in Nice, France, on December 16, 1965.

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