Mrs Craddock

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A young woman, carried away by passion, sees a chance to escape a dull life and to experience true love. But she discovers that little in her marriage to the dutiful and sensible Edward meets her expectations. And as passion dies, she finds herself trapped in a loveless, oppressive marriage.
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Overview

A young woman, carried away by passion, sees a chance to escape a dull life and to experience true love. But she discovers that little in her marriage to the dutiful and sensible Edward meets her expectations. And as passion dies, she finds herself trapped in a loveless, oppressive marriage.
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Leslie A. Marchand
There is something bracing about the sincerity of his style…a style that serves his general purpose of stripping life to the bone with a thin, sharp knife that lays open to view the normal flesh and the healthy flow of blood as well as the cancerous sore beneath.
—Leslie A. Marchand, in The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143105121
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Series: Penguin Classics Ser.
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 568,147
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He afterwards walked the wards of St. Thomas's Hospital with a view to practice in medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), won him over to letters. Something of his hospital experience is reflected, however, in the first of his masterpieces, Of Human Bondage (1915), and with The Moon and Sixpence (1919) his reputation as a novelist was assured.

His position as one of the most successful playwrights on the London stage was being consolidated simultaneously. His first play, A Man of Honour (1903), was followed by a procession of successes just before and after the First World War. (At one point only Bernard Shaw had more plays running at the same time in London.) His theatre career ended with Sheppey (1933).

His fame as a short-story writer began with The Trembling of a Leaf, sub-titled Little Stories of the South Sea Islands, in 1921, after which he published more than ten collections.

W. Somerset Maugham's general books are fewer in number. They include travel books, such as On a Chinese Screen (1922) and Don Fernando (1935), essays, criticism, and the self-revealing The Summing Up (1938) and A Writer's Notebook (1949).

W. Somerset Maugham became a Companion of Honour in 1954. He died in 1965.

Robert Calder is professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan.

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

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    An unequaled treatment of an unequal marriage

    Unbounded affection meets efficient practicality, and the results are disastrous. He is the ideal bread winner, beloved by all but his erstwhile wife, for he cannot return her affections. While of themselves, each is good, neither is able to go beyond their own personality to become what the other needs, although it seems that it would not be impossible. Rather, it seems like it would be quite easily done. While Mrs Craddock needs the marriage to serve her needs, Mr Craddock is a giver; yet he gives on his terms, and not in terms of his wife's needs. His view of a wife is informed by his experience raising livestock -- not the most enlightened way to approach marriage. Mrs Craddock is too needy, and doesn't appreciate a good thing when she has it. Both develop in the course of the novel, but the ultimate split is inevitable. A thoughtful read.

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