The Moon and Sixpence, one of
Maugham’s best-known and loved novels, is a fictionalized biography of the
artist Paul Gauguin. The stand-in character for Gauguin is Charles Strickland
who deserts his wife and children to become a painter. In Paris, he is
indifferent to the friendship offered by a fellow artist, Dirk Stroeve; but it
is Stroeve and his wife Blanche who take Strickland in when he falls ill.
Strickland again devastates those around him by running away with Blanche, who
has fallen in love with him. In reality, he has no use for Blanche except as
the model for a painting and upon the painting’s completion, abandons her as
The Moon and Sixpence is one of
Maugham’s most enduring character studies, it has been read and enjoyed for
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