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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For he could not have sufficient experience of life to write of contemporary
manners ; history provided him with a story and characters and the romantic
fervour of his young blood gave him the dash that was needed for this sort of
... I should have got the usual hospital appointments , gone as assistant to
general practitioners in various parts of the country , and done locums ; I should
thus have acquired a mass of valuable experience . If my books had been
refused one ...
The mystics have narrated their experience so often , and in terms so similar , that
I do not see how one can deny its reality . Indeed , I have myself had on one
occasion an experience that I could only describe in the words the mystics have ...
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