W. Somerset Maugham. The Making of a Saint. Boston: L. C. Page, 1898. First edition, second state. Publisher's gray cloth is lightly rubbed and spine is darkened. Inked name. A tight, bright copy in near fine condition.

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    First edition, second state. Octavo. 351 pages.


    Publisher's gray cloth with gold stamping and decorations in white, black, and green. Spine lettering in gold and black. Cloth is slightly rubbed and spine is darkened. Previous owner's name and date on the front free endpaper. A tight, bright copy in near fine condition, without dust jacket.


    This, Maugham's second novel, was influenced by the postulations of Andrew Lang who asserted that young writers had neither the experience nor the depth to write about their own time and were, therefore, better off studying the past and attempting historical novels. Mindful of this, and always with one eye on what was selling, Maugham dove into historical fiction with The Making of a Saint, a novel based on a story by Machiavelli set in fifteenth century Italy against the backdrop of the Forli insurrection of 1487. Saint was generally reviewed as a competent but somewhat stiff production. It failed to attract the critical attention that Liza had and did not go into a second edition.


    Stott A2a. Morgan, p. 66. From the Collection of Norman F. Moore.

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