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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But now I can afford to put it off no longer. In youth the years stretch before one so
long that it is hard to realize that they will ever pass, and even in middle age, with
the ordinary expectation of life in these days, it is easy to find excuses for ...
Fisher Unwin pressed me to write another much longer book about the slums. He
told me that was what the public wanted from me and prophesied that it would
have, now that I had broken the ice, a far greater success than Liza of Lambeth.
The young man turns away from it with horror because he thinks that when he
reaches it, he will still yearn for the things that give variety and gusto to his youth.
He is mistaken. It is true that the old man will no longer be able to climb an Alp or
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