W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

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W. Somerset Maugham wrote twenty novels during his lengthy career, but

Of Human Bondage

(1915) is the most ambitious, most vividly realised and most widely appreciated of those. It is a long semi-autobiographical work in the


(education-novel) tradition, which follows the progress of its protagonist, Philip Carey, from childhood through adolescent crises to his adjustments to adult life. In this it is comparable with other English coming-of-age novels of the period such as Arnold Bennett’s


(1910) and D. H. Lawrence’s

Sons and Lovers

(1913). Its distinctive feature is that in its central episodes it becomes a story of obsession, in which Philip’s prospects are almost wrecked by his infatuation with a young waitress, Mildred Rogers, under whose inexplicable…

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Citation: Baldick, Chris. "Of Human Bondage". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 May 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11443, accessed 17 April 2024.]

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