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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It is all very well to say that poetry is emotion remembered in tranquillity; but a
poet's emotion is specific, a poet's rather than a man's, and it is never quite
disinterested. That is why women with their instinctive common sense have so
I have tried to find out from the writers on aesthetics what it is in human nature
that makes it possible for us to get the emotion of beauty and what exactly this
emotion is. It is usual enough to talk of the aesthetic instinct: the term seems to
give it ...
They are enriched by the emotion of all who have found solace and strength in
their loveliness. Far then from thinking the aesthetic emotion a specific, simple
affair, I think it is a very complicated one, which is made up of various, often ...
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