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The Moon and Sixpence

The Moon and Sixpence

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by W. Somerset Maugham
     
 

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"Witty, compelling." — The Boston Globe. Gripped by an overwhelming obsession, Charles Strickland, a conventional London stockbroker, decides in midlife to desert his wife, family, business, and civilization for his art. One of Maugham's most popular works, The Moon and Sixpence is a riveting story about an uncompromising and self-destructive

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"Witty, compelling." — The Boston Globe. Gripped by an overwhelming obsession, Charles Strickland, a conventional London stockbroker, decides in midlife to desert his wife, family, business, and civilization for his art. One of Maugham's most popular works, The Moon and Sixpence is a riveting story about an uncompromising and self-destructive man who forsakes wealth and comfort to pursue the life of a painter. Drifting from Paris to Marseilles, Strickland eventually settles in Tahiti, takes a mistress, and in spite of poverty and a long, terminal illness, produces his most passionate and mysterious works of art.
Loosely based on the life of Paul Gauguin, Maugham's timeless masterpiece is storytelling at its best — an insightful work focusing on artistic fixation that propels the artist beyond the commonplace into the selfish realm of genius.

Editorial Reviews

Cyril Connolly
His excessively rare gift of storytelling...is almost an equal of imagination itself. -- The Sunday Times
Maxwell Anderson
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.
—Maxwell Anderson, in Dial

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486446028
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
01/20/2006
Series:
Dover Value Editions Series
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
528,237
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

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