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The Lost Girl
A Novel
Written by D.H. Lawrence
Introduction by Lee Siegel


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 21, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6997-9 (0-8129-6997-9)

The Lost Girl, D. H. Lawrence’s forgotten novel, is a passionate tale of longing and sexual defiance, of devastation and destitution.

Alvina Houghton, the daughter of a widowed Midlands draper, comes of age just as her father’s business is failing. In a desperate attempt to regain his fortune and secure his daughter’s... Read more >
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The Plumed Serpent

Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 1992
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73493-2 (0-679-73493-7)

Written during the most flourishing period of Lawrence's career, The Plumed Serpent is a novel of ritual and romance set in Mexico during the 1920s. It is a story, both beautiful and strange, about Kate Leslie, an Irishwoman repelled and fascinated by the spell of Mexico, homesick and yet unable to... Read more >

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The Rainbow

Written by D.H. Lawrence
Introduction by Keith Cushman


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75965-9 (0-375-75965-4)

Pronounced obscene when it was first published in 1915, The Rainbow is the epic story of three generations of the Brangwens, a Midlands family. A visionary novel, considered to be one of Lawrence’s finest, it explores the complex sexual and psychological relationships between men and women in an increasingly industrialized world... Read more >

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Sons and Lovers

Written by D.H. Lawrence
Introduction by Geoff Dyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 17, 1999
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75373-2 (0-375-75373-7)

With a new Introduction by Geoff Dyer
Commentary by Anthony Burgess, Jessie Chambers,
Frieda Lawrence, V.S. Pritchett, Kate Millett, and Alfred Kazin

Of all Lawrence's work, Sons and Lovers tells us most about the emo-
tional source of his ideas," observed Diana Trilling. "The famous Lawrence theme of the struggle for sexual power--and he... Read more >
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Sons and Lovers

Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 1, 1985
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21192-4 (0-553-21192-7)

Lawrence's first major novel was also the first in the English language to explore ordinary working-class life from the inside. No writer before or since has written so well about the intimacies enforced by a tightly knit mining community and by a family where feelings are never hidden for long. When... Read more >
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St. Mawr & The Man Who Died

Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1959
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70071-7 (0-394-70071-6)

These two brilliant novels are deservedly among Lawrence's most popular works. Both are at the same time exciting narratives and striking expressions of Lawrence's philosophy. St. Mawr is the story of a splendid stallion in whose vitality the heroine finds the quality that is lacking in the men she knows. It... Read more >

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The Virgin and the Gipsy

Written by D.H. Lawrence


Format: Trade Paperback, 162 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 1992
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74077-3 (0-679-74077-5)

Set in a small village in the English countryside, this is the story of a secluded, sensitive rector's daughter who yearns for meaning beyond the life, which she seems doomed. The Virgin and the Gypsy was discovered in France after Lawrence's death in 1930. Immediately recognized as a masterpiece in which... Read more >
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Women in Love

Written by D.H. Lawrence
Foreword by D.H. Lawrence
Introduction by Joyce Carol Oates


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 4, 2000
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75488-3 (0-375-75488-1)

It is . . . the world of the poets and the preponderance of the poet in [Lawrence] that is the key to his work. He magnified and deepened experience in the manner of a poet," wrote Anaïs Nin in 1934.
        Privately printed in 1920 and published commercially in 1921, Women in... Read more >
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Stories

Written by Katherine Mansfield


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 7, 1991
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73374-4 (0-679-73374-4)

Although Katherine Mansfield was closely associated with D.H. Lawrence, and a rival of Virginia Woolf, her stories suggest someone writing in a different era and in a vastly different English. Her language is clean and her characters, both men and women, are swaddled in English reserve. Mansfield's genius is to pinpoint... Read more >
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Cakes and Ale

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72502-9 (0-375-72502-4)

Cakes and Ale is a delicious satire of London literary society between the Wars. Social climber Alroy Kear is flattered when he is selected by Edward Driffield's wife to pen the official biography of her lionized novelist husband, and determined to write a bestseller. But then Kear discovers the great novelist's... Read more >
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Christmas Holiday

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72461-9 (0-375-72461-3)

For Christmas, Charley Mason's father granted him a trip to Paris, all expenses paid. It should have been a lark, but on his first night Charley meets a woman whose story will forever change his life.

For Lydia has seen tragedy. The Russian Revolution displaced her family, left her homeless, fatherless... Read more >
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Collected Stories

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Hardcover, 880 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: July 6, 2004
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4253-1 (1-4000-4253-4)

Though Somerset Maugham was also famous for his novels, essays, and plays, it has been argued that the short story was his true métier. His expertly told tales, with their addictive plot twists and vividly drawn characters, are both galvanizing as literature and wonderfully entertaining.

In the adventures of his alter... Read more >

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The Moon and Sixpence

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72456-5 (0-375-72456-7)

Based on the life of Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence is W. Somerset Maugham's ode to the powerful forces behind creative genius.

Charles Strickland is a staid banker, a man of wealth and privilege.  He is also a man possessed of an unquenchable desire to create art.  As Strickland pursues his artistic vision... Read more >
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Of Human Bondage

Written by W. Somerset Maugham
Introduction by Gore Vidal


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 2, 1999
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75315-2 (0-375-75315-X)

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... Read more >
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Of Human Bondage

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 1, 1991
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21392-8 (0-553-21392-X)

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 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... Read more >
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The Painted Veil

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3421-5 (1-4000-3421-3)

“The modern writer who has influenced me the most.” —George Orwell

Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a... Read more >
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The Razor's Edge

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3420-8 (1-4000-3420-5)

Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. The progress of his spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brilliant characters—his fiancée Isabel whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions, and Elliott Templeton, her uncle, a classic expatriate American snob. Maugham himself wanders in... Read more >
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The Skeptical Romancer
Selected Travel Writing
Written by W. Somerset Maugham
Edited by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47318-9 (0-307-47318-X)

One of the seminal writers of the twentieth century, W. Somerset Maugham was also a fearless and constant traveler who chronicled his adventures with a rare mix of wit and excitement. In The Skeptical Romancer, acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer selects vignettes of Maugham's wise and vivid prose that track his... Read more >
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The Skeptical Romancer
Selected Travel Writing
Written by W. Somerset Maugham
Edited by Pico Iyer


Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27212-6 (0-307-27212-5)

W. Somerset Maugham was one of the seminal writers of the twentieth century, and his travel writing has long been considered among his finest work. Now, acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer maps out a masterful tour of these vivid, evocative pieces that are collected here for the first time.

Maugham worked as... Read more >
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Up at the Villa

Written by W. Somerset Maugham


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2000
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72462-6 (0-375-72462-1)

In Up at the Villa, W. Somerset Maugham portrays a wealthy young English woman who finds herself confronted rather brutally by the repercussions of whimsy.

On the day her older and prosperous friend asks her to marry him, Mary Leonard demurs and decides to postpone her reply a few days.  But driving into... Read more >
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Somerset Maugham
A Life
Written by Jeffrey Meyers


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3052-1 (1-4000-3052-8)

An instinctive and magnificent storyteller, Somerset Maugham was one of the most popular and successful writers of his time. He published seventy-eight books—including the undisputed classics Of Human Bondage and The Razor’s Edge—which sold over 40 million copies in his lifetime.

Born in Paris to sophisticated parents, Willie Maugham was orphaned... Read more >
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Christmas Pudding and Pigeon Pie

Written by Nancy Mitford


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80662-8 (0-345-80662-X)

Christmas Pudding and Pigeon Pie are two sparkling comedies from early in the career of Nancy Mitford, beloved author of The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, here published in one volume with a new introduction by Jane Smiley.

In Christmas Pudding, an array of colorful characters converge on... Read more >
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Highland Fling

Written by Nancy Mitford


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80695-6 (0-345-80695-6)

In Highland Fling—Nancy Mitford’s first novel, published in 1931—a set of completely incompatible and hilariously eccentric characters collide in a Scottish castle, where bright young things play pranks on their stodgy elders until the frothy plot climaxes in ghost sightings and a dramatic fire.

Inspired in part by Mitford’s youthful infatuation... Read more >
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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Written by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Introduction by Anne Perry


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6611-4 (0-8129-6611-2)

The first and most successful in the Baroness’s series of books that feature Percy Blakeney, who leads a double life as an English fop and a swashbuckling rescuer of aristocrats, The Scarlet Pimpernel was the blueprint for what became known as the masked-avenger genre. As Anne Perry writes in her Introduction... Read more >
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Burmese Days, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Coming Up for Air

Written by George Orwell
Introduction by John Carey


Format: Hardcover, 712 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59504-1 (0-307-59504-8)

For the first time in one hardcover volume—three classic novels by the author of Nineteen Eighty- Four and Animal Farm.

The lushly descriptive and tragic Burmese Days, a devastating indictment of British colonial rule, is based on Orwell’s own experience while serving in the Indian Imperial Police. His beloved satirical classic, Keep... Read more >
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