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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Sometimes he fills you with horror ; sometimes he is entirely sympathetic ; but he
has an inner coherence , so that though you often shudder you accept . But it was
long before Stendhal's example bore fruit . Balzac , with all his genius , drew ...
In other places I have spoken as though I accepted determinism . Such shilly -
shallying would have been ... I pointed out earlier in these pages how unwilling
an audience is to accept impulse on the stage . Now an impulse is merely an
urge to ...
And little as I like the deduction , I cannot but accept it ; and this is that the work of
art must be judged by its fruits , and if these are not good it is valueless . It is an
odd fact , which must be accepted as in the nature of things and for which I know
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