The Moon and Sixpence

W. Somerset Maugham - Author

Robert Calder - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780143039341 | 240 pages | 29 Nov 2005 | Penguin Classics | 5.31 x 9.40in | 18 - AND UP
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The striking portrait of an artist caught between creative briiliance and obsessive madness

The Moon and Sixpence<.I>, published in 1919, was one of the novels that galvanized W. Somerset Maugham’s reputation as a literary master. It follows the life of one Charles Strickland, a bourgeois city gent whose dull exterior conceals the soul of a genius. Compulsive and impassioned, he abandons his home, wife, and children to devote himself slavishly to painting. In a tiny studio in Paris, he fills canvas after canvas, refusing to sell or even exhibit his work. Beset by poverty, sickness, and his own intransigent, unscrupulous nature, he drifts to Tahiti, where, even after being blinded by leprosy, he produces some of his most extraordinary works of art. Inspired by the life of Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence is an unforgettable study of a man possessed by the need to create—regardless of the cost to himself and to others.