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Of Human Bondage

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(1915)


Widely acclaimed as Maugham's opus, and often thought to be highly auto-biographical in nature, Maugham, years later wrote, "This is a novel, not an autobiography, though much in it is autobiographical, more is pure invention."


Maugham titled this novel after Dutch-Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza's Ethics book "Of Human Bondage or The Strength of the Emotions" which leads to "Of Human Freedom of the Control of the Understanding."


The Modern Library ranked Of Human Bondage number 66 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.



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questions on Maugham's "Of Human Bondage"

Hello all. I'm currently writing an essay on Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham, and I was wondering if anyone familiar with the book may be able to answer two questions that I'm finding difficult to answer: 1. What is Phillip's age by the end of the book? 2. What is Sally Athelny's age when we meet her/by the end of the book? I'm going to keep looking through the book, but if anyone happened to know this or know where I can find that information, that'd be a great help. Thanks.

A question about different editions of 'Of Human Bondage', by Maugham

Well, I'm considering buying this book, and I came across a 'The Collected Edition'. Does anyone know the difference between this 'The Collected Edition' and the supposed "regular" edition? Would be greateful if anyone have an answer to this question. Thanks Urgh, nevermind. Was a stupid question really, but at least I found the answer. Topic can be closed if you mods wish.

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