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    W. Somerset Maugham. Of Human Bondage. New York: George H. Doran, [1915].

    First edition, first issue. Octavo. 648 pages.

    Publisher's green cloth with gilt stamping on the spine and front board. Misprint on page 257, line 4. Cloth is lightly rubbed and edgeworn with a few small spots of soiling. Light foxing to front endpapers. A tight copy in very good condition, without the dust jacket.

    In his biography of Maugham, Ted Morgan writes: "Maugham's most autobiographical novel. Philip Carey, the main character, suffers through many incidents taken directly from the author's own life: the loss of his mother, the breakup of his home, the years at the vicarage, the wretchedness of his school years, the stammer transposed into a clubfoot, the happy time in Heidelberg, the year in Paris, and medical school."

    "It is not an autobiography," Maugham wrote, "but an autobiographical novel; fact and fiction are inextricably mingled; the emotions are my own but not all the incidents are related as they happened and some of them are transferred to my hero not from my own life but from that of persons with whom I was intimate."

    Stott, A21a. Morgan, p. 194. From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.


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