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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Many are forced by the situation in which they were born and the necessity of
earning a living to keep to a straight and narrow road in which there is no
possibility of turning to the right or to the left. Upon these the pattern is imposed.
Life itself ...
To audiences who had been forced to sit through plays in which love was the
motive of the intrigue, but who had an instinctive feeling that love, though all very
well in its way, was not really quite so important as the dramatists pretended, ...
... such leisure as this occupation affords him. This course, indeed, was forced
upon him very generally in the past, when the author, however distinguished and
popular, could not earn enough money by writing to keep body and soul together.
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