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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... in his clumsy prose? And Hazlitt? But I suppose that if a man has a confused
mind he will write in a confused way, if his temper is capricious his prose will be
fantastical, and if he has a quick, darting intelligence that is reminded by the
... and this is independent of the sense; it is due to the emotional power of
rhythmical speech. But more than that: verse forces on the matter a conventional
form that heightens the aesthetic effect. It enables the drama to achieve a beauty
that is ...
... suppose that it will matter then that he ever existed? He will have been a
chapter in the history of the universe as pointless as the chapter in which is
written the life stories of the strange monsters that inhabited the primaeval earth. I
must ask ...
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