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

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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 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://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11443, accessed 16 May 2022.]

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