In the novels of W. Somerset Maugham, outsiders dissatisfied with society and their prescribed roles in it seek fulfillment in the deeply personal quests. Though their travels take them to settings as different as the inner-city slums of London and the lush tropical island and Tahiti, ultimately their journeys are internal searches for self-understanding. The five works collected in t his omnibus - Liza of Lambeth, Mrs. Craddock, The Explorer, Of Human Bondage, and The Moon and the Sixpence - represent the best and most provocative of Maugham's early novels.
Through his tales of solitary individuals striving to find their place in the world, Maugham expressed emotional and spiritual concerns that still speak to readers today.
W. Somerset Maugham: Five Novels is part of Barnes & Noble's Library of Essential Writers. Each title in the series presents the finest works - complete and unabridged - from one of the greatest writers in literature in magnificent, elegantly designed hard-back editions. Every volume also includes an original introduction that provides the reader with enlightening information on the writer's life and works.