The Magician

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Dec 21, 2009 - 160 pages
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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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 (2009)

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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