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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I have been more concerned with the obscure than with the famous . They are
more often themselves . They have had no need to create a figure to protect
themselves from the world or to impress it . Their idiosyncrasies have had more
One idea suggests another ; it is very pleasant to pursue it , even though it is not
directly concerned with the subject . The inclination to digress is human . But the
dramatist must avoid it even more strenuously than the saint must avoid sin , for ...
He is not concerned whether it is a truthful likeness ; he is concerned only to
create a plausible harmony convenient for his own purposes . So different may
be the finished product from the original that it must be a common experience of ...
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