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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I was young, lusty and energetic; I wanted fresh air, action, violence, and I found it
hard to breathe that dead, heavily scented atmosphere and sit in those hushed
rooms in which it was indecorous to speak above a whisper. But I would not ...
... jack one of them), about the value of a sonnet or the excellence of a Greek bas-
relief (Greek, my eyel I tell you it's a Roman copy and if I tell you a thing it is so);
but they were all agreed about this, that they burned with a hard, gemlike flame.
The actor's calling is a hard one. I am not speaking now of the young women who
go on the stage because they have a pretty face and if good looks were a
qualification for typists might just as well have gone into an office, or of the young
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