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 sigh when I reflect on the amount of time I have wasted on books that were of no
great profit to me . What little guidance I had I owe to a young man who came to
live with the same family in Heidelberg as I was living with . I will call him Brown .
For me the question has had a special import for I have never wished to be
nothing but a writer ; I have wished to live life completely . I have been uneasily
conscious that it was a duty I owed myself to take some part , however small , in
We live now on the eve of great revolutions . I cannot doubt that the proletariat ,
increasingly conscious of its rights , will eventually seize power in one country
after the other , and I never cease to marvel that the governing classes of today ...
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