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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I wrote it because of some articles by Andrew Lang that I had read on the art of
fiction . In one of them he argued , very convincingly to me , that the historical
novel was the only one that the young author could hope to write with success .
For he ...
clever young men write essays about contemporary fiction they never think of
considering me . I do not resent it . It is very natural . I have never been a
propagandist . The reading public has enormously increased during the last thirty
years and ...
As a writer of fiction I go back , through innumerable generations , to the teller of
tales round the fire in the cavern that sheltered neolithic men . I have had some
sort of story to tell and it has interested me to tell it . To me it has been a sufficient
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