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    W. Somerset Maugham. Cakes and Ale. London: Heinemann, [1930].

    First edition, first state. Signed by Maugham on the front free endpaper. Octavo. 270 pages.

    Publisher's blue cloth with gold and black stamping. Spine has a slight lean. Cloth very lightly rubbed along the edges. Foxing to page edges, mildly affecting the interior. Dust jacket is darkened on edges and spine, with a one-inch tear to the front top edge and some light chipping on spine ends. Very good.

    Though Of Human Bondage is generally considered his best work, Maugham said that Cakes and Ale was "the book I like the best." The literary merits of this title are often overshadowed by the controversy that erupted upon its publication. Less-than-flattering depictions of characters assumed by many to be based upon Thomas Hardy and Hugh Walpole created a huge scandal at the time, but Maugham always denied any intentional similarities. Though controversial, critics regarded Cakes and Ale as Maugham's most finely-crafted novel.

    Stott A40a. Morgan, p. 344. From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.

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