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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You feel the man in his phrases, not the mean, querulous, disagreeable man that
he appeared to the world that knew him, but the man within of his own ideal
vision. (And the man within us is as true in reality as the man, pitiful and halting, ...
When once I happened to do a friend a good turn (for what reasons, since I knew
that all our actions were purely selfish, I did not stop to think) and wanting to show
his gratitude (which of course he had no business to feel, for my apparent ...
Without their collaboration I could do nothing and I knew how far their
collaboration could go. I found myself increasingly dissatisfied with this. The
dramatist must share the prepossessions of his audience, the example of Lope
de Vega and ...
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