Set in the final years of the 19th century, Mrs Craddock is about a young and attractive woman of independent means who marries beneath her. As he had written about a subject that was considered daring at the time, Maugham had some difficulty finding a publisher. Completed in 1900, the novel was eventually published in 1902 by William Heinemann, but only on the condition that the author took out passages which, according to Heinemann, might have offended the readers. A successful and popular book, Mrs Craddock was reissued in 1903 and again in 1908. In 1938 the first non-Bowdlerized version, stylistically improved by Maugham, came out. (wikipedia.org)
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Mrs Craddock is an emotional, witty and thought-provoking story about a young woman who marries beneath her in a fit of passion and ends up with a husband and a life that are not what she thought they would be. Somerset Maugham writes women so well that it's often hard to believe that the female characters' observations and inner musings were written by a man. I came across lines that seemed like they could've been written by Jane Austen or Dorothy Parker, and it also put me in mind of Kate Chopin's The Awakening. I fell in love with the title character. A wonderful book - highly recommended. ***************A side note I found interesting: The forward in my edition talked about how hard it was to find a publisher for this book because of its "controversial" content. Maugham actually had to leave out quite a few scenes to get it published. (All of which have been restored in current editions.)After reading the book all I can conclude is that it must have been controversial simply to have an unhappily married female character who was dissatisfied with her husband even though he was a decent man. There wasn't too much more than that to object to. Maybe that shouldn't surprise me for a book published in 1902, but it really did! Especially since Maugham had already had critical and commercial success as an author by that time.