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 made up my mind that this was the perfect way to write and I started to work on
him in the same way as I had done with Jeremy Taylor . I chose The Tale of a Tub
. It is said that when the Dean re - read it in his old age he cried : ' What genius I ...
Indeed , sometimes you might think that the best novelist is the essayist , and that
the only perfect short stories have been written by Charles Lamb and Hazlitt . But
the delight in listening to stories is as natural to human nature as the delight in ...
... favoured lands in which the earth produces her plenty without excessive labour
, where the pleasures and pains of the individual are those incidental to the
human race , it has seemed to me that there the perfect life was perfectly realized
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