Title: The Moon in Sixpence
Author: Maugham, W. Somerset
Publisher: P. F. Collier, New York
Publication Date: 1940
Edition: Not Stated
Book Condition: VG
Comments: No d-j. Uniform blue boards with bright gilt titles to spine. Publication date is the original year of publication (1919), but this set most likely printed in the 1940’s. Back board has some separation from inner hinge. Pages are tanned. Top edge has one small scratch.
Synopsis: 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 leaves 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 humans lives it sometimes demands.