“The Moon and Sixpence” is a novel by Somerset Maugham, first published in 1919. This novel is a biography of the fictional character Charles Strickland, the prototype for which was Paul Gauguin. The hero of the novel leaves his family and his work in order to become an artist. Literary critics still argue whether this book can be considered a free biography of Gauguin. The novel is considered one of the best books of English literature of the XX century.