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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He does not offer new evidence . And since I have put the whole of my life into my
books much of what I have to say will naturally have found a place in them .
There are few subjects within the compass of my interests that I have not lightly or
I was violently pessimistic . All the same , having abundant vitality , I was getting
on the whole a lot of fun out of life . I was ambitious to make a name for myself as
a writer . I exposed myself to every vicissitude that seemed to offer a chance of ...
... and so offered a better subject of discourse than the novel of character or
adventure . The intelligent critics , the more serious novel readers , have since
then given most of their attention to the writers who seemed to offer something
new in ...
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