Then and Now (novel)

Then and Now (1946 novel)

First US edition
Author W. Somerset Maugham
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Heinemann (UK)
Doubleday (US)
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Preceded by The Razor's Edge
Followed by Creatures of Circumstance

Then and Now is a historical novel by W. Somerset Maugham. Set mainly in Imola, Italy, but also in other Italian cities, including Machiavelli's hometown Florence during the Renaissance, the story focuses on three months in the life of Niccolo Machiavelli, the Florentine politician, diplomat, philosopher and writer in the early years of the 16th century. The book was first published by Heinemann in 1946. It recollects Machiavelli's encounter with Cesare Borgia, who was the model on which Machiavelli based his Il Principe. Against that background, a love farce unfolds, in which Machiavelli tries to seduce the young wife of his host at Imola. The unsuccessful affair gave Machiavelli the idea of writing his first comedy - The Mandrake. Thus, Then and Now appears to combine the two best known works of Machiavelli - The Prince and The Mandrake.


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