The Summing Up
This book represents Maugham's life and philosophy in his own words. It is autobiographical in nature, though most of the work is concerned with Maugham's unique and fascinating opinions on the theatre, writing, metaphysics and the interesting people he encountered in his long and successful career.
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When the intelligentsia took up Russia I , remembering that Cato had begun to
learn Greek when he was eighty , set about learning Russian , but I had by then
lost my youthful enthusiasm ; I never got farther than being able to read the plays
I do not know that anyone has been able to discover what this knack consists of .
It cannot be learnt . It can exist without education or culture . It is a faculty that
enables the playwright so to put words that they carry across the footlights and to
Few can but those who have themselves been actors . It is not enough to be able
to tell an actor that an intonation or a gesture is wrong , you must be able to show
him by word and deed what is right . This is more than ever necessary now that ...
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