W. Somerset Maugham Bibliography - Novels

Novels

Liza of Lambeth (1897)

  • T. Fisher Unwin, 1897. First Edition.
  • Doran, 1921. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1930. Travellers' Library Edition. New 6pp Preface.
  • Heinemann, 1934. The Collected Edition. New 21pp preface, greatly expanded from 1930. Reprinted in 1950 and 1951.
  • Heinemann, 1947. Jubilee Edition of 1000 copies signed by Maugham. New Preface, short and not altogether important. Contains also the part of the preface to The Collected Edition that concerns the novel.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Contains the full 1934 preface.

The Making of a Saint (1898)

  • L.C.Page, 1898. First Edition.
  • T. Fisher Unwin, 1898. First English Edition.
  • Kessinger Publishing, 2008. Fairly well done reprint of an illustrated American edition from 1922.

The Hero (1901)

  • Hutchinson, 1901. First Edition.
  • Kessinger Publishing, 2000. Very poor reprint, apparently of the First Edition.
  • Norilana Books, 2008. Not really a reprint, but much more presentable and easy to read edition.

Mrs Craddock (1902)

  • Heinemann, 1902. First Edition. Censored.
  • Doran, 1920. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1928. Restored and Revised Edition. New Preface.
  • Heinemann, 1937. The Collected Edition. Revisions and Preface from 1928.
  • Heinemann, 1955. New Preface. Revisions from 1928.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Revisions from 1928. Preface from 1955.

The Merry-go-round (1904)

  • Heinemann, 1904. First Edition.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000.

The Bishop's Apron (1906)

  • Chapman and Hall, 1906. First Edition.

The Explorer (1908)

  • Heinemann, 1908. First Edition.
  • Baker & Taylor, 1909. First American Edition.
  • Heron, 1969. Together with The Land of the Blessed Virgin (1905).
  • Aegipian Press, 2000. A truly piratical paperback indeed!

The Magician (1908)

  • Heinemann, 1908. First Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1956. The Collected Edition. New A Fragment of Autobiography as a preface.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Contains A Fragment of Autobiography.

Of Human Bondage (1915)

  • George H. Doran, 1915. First Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1915. First English Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1934. New Edition (reset). Contains new introduction titled Instead of a Preface featuring a Letter from a 16 years old Admirer and a Frontispiece portrait of the Author by Gerald Kelly.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1936. First Illustrated Edition. New 3pp Foreword. Illustrated by Randolph Schwabe. Deluxe edition of 751 copies signed by the author and the illustrator. Later reprinted as cheaper edition. Never published in England.
  • Heinemann, 1937. The Collected Edition. Reprinted in 1942, 1948 and 1951. Contains the 1934 Instead of a Preface.
  • Pocket books, 1950. Abridged and with New Introduction by the author. Reprinted in 1963 as Giant Cardinal Edition.
  • Modern Library, 1999. Contains the 1936 Foreword. Introduction by Gore Vidal. Commentaries by Theodore Dreiser and Graham Greene.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Contains the 1936 Foreword.

The Moon and Sixpence (1919)

  • Heinemann, 1919. First Edition.
  • George H. Doran, 1919. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1935. The Collected Edition. New 4pp Preface. Reprinted in 1937, 1948, 1951 and 1962.
  • Vintage Classics, 1999. No preface.

The Painted Veil (1925)

  • George H. Doran, 1925. First Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1925. First English Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1934. The Collected Edition. New 5pp Preface. Reprinted in 1949, 1951 and 1963.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Contains the 1934 Preface.

Cakes and Ale: or, the Skeleton in the Cupboard (1930)

  • Heinemann, 1930. First Edition.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1930. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1934. The Collected Edition. New 6pp Preface. Reprinted in 1935, 1936, 1937, 1950 and 1952.
  • Modern Library, 1950. New Preface. Here comes the notorious 'confession' of Maugham that he had in mind Hugh Walpole when he created the character of Roy. He just had him in his mind, nothing more, nothing less; talking about cruel satirizing and malicious portrait are very wide of the mark indeed. The preface is somewhat similar to the part dealing with Cakes and Ale in the preface to Vol. 1 of The Selected Novels
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Contains the 1934 Preface.

The Narrow Corner (1932)

  • Heinemann, 1932. First Edition.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1932. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1934. The Collected Edition. New 4pp Preface. Reprinted in 1963.
  • Vintage Classics, 2001. Contains the 1934 preface.

Theatre (1937)

  • Doubleday Doran, 1937. First Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1937. First English Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1939. The Collected Edition. New 7pp Preface.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000. Contains the 1939 Preface.

Christmas Holiday (1939)

  • Heinemann, 1939. First Edition.
  • Doubleday Doran, 1939. First American Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1941. The Collected Edition. Reprinted in 1951 and 1989.
  • Vintage Classics, 2001.

Up at the Villa (1941)

  • Doubleday Doran, 1941. First Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1941. First English Edition.
  • Vintage Classics, 2004.

The Hour Before Dawn (1942)

  • Doubleday Doran, 1942. First Edition.
  • Angus and Robertson, 1945. First Australian Edition.

The Razor's Edge (1944)

  • Doubleday Doran, 1944. First Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1944. First English Edition.
  • Heinemann, 1948. The Collected Edition. Reprinted in 1967.
  • Vintage Classics, 2000.

Then and Now (1946)

  • Heinemann, 1946. First Edition.
  • Doubleday, 1946. First American Edition.
  • Vintage Classics, 2001.

Catalina (1948)

  • Heinemann, 1948. First Edition.
  • Doubleday, 1948. First American Edition.
  • Vintage Classics, 2001.

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