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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Fact and fiction are so intermingled in my work that now, looking back on it, I can
hardly distinguish one from the other. It would not interest me to record the facts,
even if I could remember them, of which I have already made a better use.
But the harshest stroke of all was her comment on what I thought was rather a
good joke: 'Are you sure of your facts?' Taking it all in all I am bound to conclude
that the professor at her college would not have given me very high marks.
The fact is that they are suspicious of form. They find in it a sort of airlessness; its
constraint irks them; they feel that when the author has fixed upon his material a
wilful shape life has slipped through his fingers. The French critic demands that a
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