The Summing Up, Part 354, Volume 1
Doubleday, Doran & Company, Incorporated, 1938 - Authors - 310 pages
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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Their flashy effects distract the mind. They destroy their persuasiveness; you
would not believe a man was very intent on ploughing a furrow if he carried a
hoop with him and jumped through it at every other step. A good style should
show no ...
Verse has a specific dramatic value as anyone can see by observing in himself
the thrilling effect of a tirade in one of Racine's plays or of any of Shakespeare's
great set pieces; and this is independent of the sense; it is due to the emotional ...
Hume long ago showed that there was no intrinsic connection between cause
and effect which could be perceived by the mind; and of late the Principle of
Indeterminacy, by bringing to view certain events to which apparently no causes
can be ...
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