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    Somerset Maugham's Favorite Book with a Delightful Inscription

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

    First edition, second state. Inscribed by Maugham on half-title page. Octavo. 270 pages. Publisher's blue cloth with gold and black stamping. Cloth lightly rubbed with soft bumping to a couple of corners. Foxing to page edges, mildly affecting the interior. Half-title page has a one-half-inch tear starting at the fore-edge that does not affect the inscription. Dust jacket is darkened along edges and spine and lightly chipped on spine ends and corners. 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.

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