Of Human Bondage Author:W. Somerset Maugham When W. Somerset Maugham was twenty-three, and had taken his medical degrees at St. Thomas' Hospital, he went to Seville determined to earn his living as a writer. His first novel "Lisa of Lambeth" had been a modest success. His next manuscript was called "The Artistic Temperament of Stephen Carey" and he sent it to Fisher Unwin who refused to... more » give the advance of one hundred pounds Maugham wanted. None of the other publishers to whom Maugham submitted the script would have it at any price. So he put it aside and turned to other writing, particularly plays.
By the time he was thirty-seven, Maugham had become the most successful playwright in England, but he was obsessed with memories of his past life. So he retired from the stage and for two years worked on the manuscript of his novel, an outgrowth of the manuscript rejected so many years before.« less