The Magician

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Norilana Books, 2008 - Fiction - 240 pages
THE MAGICIAN (1908) by W. Somerset Maugham is an unusual work of early 20th century fantastic literature inspired by the real historical personage and occultist Aleister Crowley who was a contemporary and acquaintance of the author.

Reminiscent of FRANKENSTEIN, the magician, Oliver Haddo, is an imposing, terrifying and yet strangely compelling man of mystery who engages in dangerous clandestine experimentation and dark practices, embroiling the other characters in a wicked game of life and death.

Includes an introduction by the author titled "A Fragment of Autobiography."

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User Review  - la2bkk - LibraryThing

I was a bit disappointed in this short work. Perhaps it was inevitable given my expectations after reading Of Human Bondage. In any case, while the story was interesting and read well (as do most of ... Read full review

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User Review  - CarltonC - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this rather melodramatic and contrived novel, written in 1908 about magic and the occult in Edwardian England/Paris. It does have some dated prose and it tends to heap on the detail in ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Writer William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris on January 25, 1874. He attended St. Thomas's Medical School in London. A prolific writer, Maugham produced novels, short stories, plays, and an autobiographical novel, "Of Human Bondage." Although he remains popular for his novels and short stories, when he was alive his plays, now dated, were also popular, and in 1908 four of his plays ran simultaneously. Maugham died in Nice, France, on December 16, 1965.

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