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The Moon and Sixpence
London: Heinemann. (1919). One of Maugham's most successful and influential novels, loosely based on the life of the artist Paul Gauguin but with autobiographical elements as well: a respected professional leaves his conventional life, and his family, to pursue the life of an artist -- a path that Maugham himself took shortly after writing this book. It was the first novel he published after the success of Of Human Bondage, an autobiographical novel that is still considered one of the high spots of 20th century literature, which established Maugham as a major writer of his generation. This follow-up, also a 20th century high spot, confirmed that place. The Moon and Sixpence has been filmed several times, including a 1959 television movie with Laurence Olivier in the lead role, his first American television appearance, for which he won an Emmy Award. First issue, with four pages of ads at the rear integral, not inserted. Pages browned with age, as is usual with this title. Cloth a bit edge-darkened with trace rubbing to the extremities; near fine in a very good, spine-darkened dust jacket with a few slivers of loss to the spine fold and the front flap fold. A very nice copy of an early Maugham book, which almost never turns up in dust jacket. . First Edition. Hardcover.
      [Bookseller: Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA]
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