Of Human Bondage (Autobiographical Novel): One of the Top 100 Best Novels of the 20th century by the prolific British playwright, novelist and short story writer, author of “The Razor’s Edge”, “The Painted Veil”, “Cakes and Ale”

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This carefully crafted ebook: “Of Human Bondage (Autobiographical Novel)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. 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. The Modern Library ranked Of Human Bondage No. 66 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. The book begins with the death of Helen Carey, the mother of nine-year-old Philip Carey. Philip's father Henry had died a few months before, and the orphan Philip, born with a club foot, is sent to live with his Aunt Louisa and Uncle William Carey. Early chapters relate Philip's experience at the vicarage. Louisa tries to be a mother to Philip, but his uncle takes a cold disposition towards him. Philip's uncle has a vast collection of books, and Philip enjoys reading to find ways to escape his mundane existence. Less than a year later, Philip is sent to a boarding school. His uncle and aunt wish for him to eventually attend Oxford. Philip's disability makes it difficult for him to fit in. Philip is informed that he could have earned a scholarship for Oxford, which both his uncle and school headmaster see as a wise course, but Philip insists on going to Germany. In Germany, Philip lives at a boarding house with other foreigners. Philip enjoys his stay in Germany. Philip's guardians decide to take matters into their own hands and they convince him to move to take up an apprenticeship… William Somerset Maugham (1874 – 1965) was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest paid author during the 1930s.
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e-artnow
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Published on
Apr 10, 2015
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Pages
329
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ISBN
9788026833628
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / General
Fiction / Biographical
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Coming of Age
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