W. Somerset Maugham: Of Human Bondage (1959 words)


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 Bildungsroman (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 Clayhanger (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 a…

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 27 January 2021.]

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