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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In France a man who has ruined himself for women is generally regarded with
sympathy and admiration ; there is a feeling that it was worth while , and the man
who has done it feels even a certain pride in the fact ; in England he will be ...
They have had an uneasy feeling that the whole thing was a sham . ' What arrant
humbugs these people are l ' they say . But the point of the writer is that he is not
one man but many . It is because he is many that he can create many and the ...
lives and this confused body of ideas and feelings is enough . ... I had to consider
only this life or a life to come ; I wanted to discover whether I was a free agent or
whether my feeling that I could mould myself according to my will was an illusion
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