The Moon and Sixpence (Paperback)

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The Moon and Sixpence (1919) by William Somerset Maugham is the complex story of Charles Strickland, a man who abandons his family and his secure life as an English businessman to pursue an uncertain but meaningful existence as an artist, from Paris slums to the lush fertility of Tahiti, and into the glory of the creative wilderness.

Inspired by the life of the artist Paul Gauguin, this is a psychological study of the creative urge as it stands in conflict with the bonds of ordinary life and personal relationships.


Publisher Norilana Books
Mfg Part# 9781934169711
SKU 204515869
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1934169714
Release Date 4/23/2007
Author Info
W. Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham received a medical degree from Heidelberg University, after which he practiced medicine. However, his first novel, "Liza of Lambeth" (1897), was such a success that it enabled him to give it up and write full time. He is the author of several well-known novels, plays, and short stories, and died in 1965 at the age of 92.
"When one closes the book and looks back over the varied scenes, civilized and barbaric, one has a memory of powerful and inevitable movement and the light and shadow of life itself."
"Among the practitioners of the new fiction, Maugham is preeminent for controlled power, steady vision and noble lucidity of mind. His acceptance of reality is quite free of the morbid revulsion embedded in the works of the French naturalists and their disciples; it is stern and humble and serene at once....Mr. Maugham's purely intellectual virtues, and they are perhaps his highest, appear more nakedly and at least as trenchantly in his new book."
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Annotation Based on the life of Paul Gaugin, THE MOON AND SIXPENCE chronicles the life of Charles Strickland, a middle-class stockbroker who flees from his London life and family, first to Paris and then to a distant Pacific island. The narrator of the story, a writer, tracks down Strickland as a favor to his wife, a society woman known for her interest in art until her husband deserts her.

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