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Of Human Bondage

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Written by W. Somerset MaughamAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by W. Somerset Maugham
Introduction by Gore VidalAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Gore Vidal

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
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  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • On Sale: March 2, 1999
  • Price: $13.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-75315-2 (0-375-75315-X)
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With an Introduction by Gore Vidal, and Commentary by Theodore Dreiser and Graham Greene.

Originally published in 1915, Of Human Bondage is a potent expression of the power of sexual obsession and of modern man's yearning for freedom. This classic bildungsroman tells the story of Philip Carey, a sensitive boy born with a clubfoot who is orphaned and raised by a religious aunt and uncle. Philip yearns for adventure, and at eighteen leaves home, eventually pursuing a career as an artist in Paris. When he returns to London to study medicine, he meets the androgynous but alluring Mildred and begins a doomed love affair that will change the course of his life. There is no more powerful story of sexual infatuation, of human longing for connection and freedom.

"Here is a novel of the utmost importance," wrote Theodore Dreiser on publication. "It is a beacon of light by which the wanderer may be guided. . . . One feels as though one were sitting before a splendid Shiraz of priceless texture and intricate weave, admiring, feeling, responding sensually to its colors and tones."