First Edition of W. Somerset Maugham's The Razors
The Razor’s Edge.
Maugham, W. Somerset.$2,200.00
Item Number: 74045
Garden City, NY: Doubleday Doran & Company, 1944.
First American edition, which precedes the British edition of Maugham’s 20th-century manifesto for human fulfillment. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Somerset Maugham. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Signed trade editions are uncommon.
"Written after much painstaking research into Eastern philosophy and mysticism, The Razors Edge is Maughams 20th-century manifesto for human fulfillment. In it he mercilessly satirizes American and European materialism, and holds up the figure of the spiritual seeker as a model for those searching for meaning in existence" (Stringer). It was twice adapted into film, first in 1946 starring Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney, and Herbert Marshall as Maugham and Anne Baxter as Sophie, and then a 1984 adaptation starring Bill Murray.