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    W. Somerset Maugham. The Razor's Edge. London: Heinemann, 1944. First edition. Spine is slightly faded with dulled lettering. Minor darkening along dust jacket's edges and folds. Near fine.

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    First edition. Octavo. 284 pages.


    Publisher's blue cloth with gold stamping. This is a bright copy with sharp corners. The spine is slightly faded with dulled lettering. Dust jacket has minor darkening along edges and folds. A near fine copy of one of Maugham's most important titles.


    Maugham's ability to know what the public wanted at any time was never more astute than when he wrote The Razor's Edge. With the world at war, spiritual novels were enormously popular. This, coupled with Maugham's excellent characterizations, drove sales to over 500,000 copies in a month. The ideas presented in The Razor's Edge of self-discovery and personal growth have resonated with thousands of readers, including Timothy Leary and Carlos CastaƱeda. A tin, fragile edition published during war-time conditions. 

    Stott A63c. Morgan, p. 483.

    From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.

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