The Moon and Sixpence - eBook  -     By: W. Somerset Maugham
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Vintage / 2010 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Vintage
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9780307434425
ISBN-13: 9780307434425
Availability: In Stock

Publisher's Description

Based on the life of Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence is W. Somerset Maugham's ode to the powerful forces behind creative genius.

Charles Strickland is a staid banker, a man of wealth and privilege.  He is also a man possessed of an unquenchable desire to create art.  As Strickland pursues his artistic vision, he leaves London for Paris and Tahiti, and in his quest makes sacrifices that leave the lives of those closest to him in tatters.  Through Maugham's sympathetic eye Strickland's tortured and cruel soul becomes a symbol of the blessing and the curse of transcendent artistic genius, and the cost in human lives it sometimes demands.


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Author Bio

W. Somerset Maugham lived in France and England.  He died in 1965.

Editorial Reviews

"[A] witty, compelling roman à clef...that mock[s] the way the world makes saints of the sinners who are often its best artists."  -The Boston Globe

"It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham.... He was always so entirely there."  -Gore Vidal

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