The Magician is a story originally published in 1908. In this novel, the magician Oliver Haddo attempts to create life. Haddo was a caricature of Aleister Crowley. The novel inspired a 1926 Rex Ingram film of the same name. Later Maugham commented he had spent days and days reading in the library of the British Museum to come by all the material on the black arts.
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"You will acknowledge Maugham as the Master" New Statesman "[Maugham is] a great artist ... a genius" -- Theodore DreiserAbout the Author:
William Somerset Maugham was born in 1874 and lived in Paris until he was ten. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and at Heidelberg University. He spent some time at St. Thomas' Hospital with the idea of practising medicine, but the success of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, published in 1897, won him over to literature. Of Human Bondage, the first of his masterpieces, came out in 1915, and with the publication in 1919 of The Moon and Sixpence his reputation as a novelist was established. At the same time his fame as a successful playwright and writer was being consolidated with acclaimed productions of various plays and the publication of several short story collections. His other works include travel books, essays, criticism and the autobiographical The Summing Up and A Writer's Notebook. In 1927 Somerset Maugham settled in the South of France and lived there until his death in 1965.
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 014018595X
Book Description Penguin Classics, 1995. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX014018595X