The Moon and Sixpence (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

By W. Somerset Maugham (Author), Philip Holden (Introduction)


Format Paperback



The Moon and Sixpence (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

by W. Somerset Maugham, Philip Holden

Based on the life of French post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence builds on a long tradition of European writing about the South Pacific as an exotic locale.  It also marks the transformation of British writer W. Somerset Maughm from celebrated playwright to accomplished novelist.   

In The Moon and Sixpence, Charles Strickland, is a respectable London stockbroker who decides in middle age to abandon his wife and children and devote himself to his true passion: art. Strickland’s destructive desire for self-expression takes him first to Paris to learn the craft of painting, and finally to Tahiti in the South Pacific.  The Moon and Sixpence remains a complex and engaging novel echoing Maugham’s own struggles between artistic expression and public respectability, and between his public persona and private life.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1965) is best known as a playwright and short-story writer. He was born in Paris, orphaned at ten, and abruptly transported first to the house of a provincial English clergyman uncle and then to the harsh environment of a British boarding school.  A closeted homosexual moving in bohemian circles in London and Paris, Maugham took his revenge on his past suffering and present insecurities through fiction.

Pub Date: 12/17/2007

ISBN: 9780760793541

Price: $9.95 / $11.95 CAN

Format: Paperback

Pages: 256 pages

Trim: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.62 Inches

Territories: US/Can/MidEast/Asia/ANZ

Category: Classics

Publisher: Barnes & Noble

Carton Quantity: 44

Series: Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading