W. Somerset Maugham. The Moon and Sixpence. New York: George H. Doran, [1919].

    First American edition. Octavo. 314 pages.

    Publisher's green cloth with black stamping. Water spotting along the outer edge of the front and rear boards and a dampstain on the lower portion of the spine. Discoloration along the bottom edge, affecting the endpapers, extending upward about one inch. Previous owner's name on front pastedown. Dust jacket is edgeworn and soiled; several small chips and tears, and a portion of the lower spine is missing. A very good copy rarely found with the jacket.

    Maugham based this novel on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin. The book's main character, like Gauguin, is a stock broker who leaves his family to go to Tahiti to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. In 1919 the artist-as-outcast was in vogue amongst literary audiences recovering from the First World War. With readers still unsure of the world around them, the time was ripe for Maugham's antisocial hero who not only goes his own way, but goes his own way in the far-flung setting of Tahiti, a peaceful and exotic locale far removed from the oppressive European battlegrounds.

    Stott A22c. Morgan, p. 239. From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.

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