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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Perhaps it was a natural sense of tidiness that engaged me, when still so young,
to design a pattern for my life; perhaps it was due to something I discovered in
myself about which I shall have a little to say later. The defect of such an ...
... and so certain themes that dramatists favoured have now fallen into desuetude
. We are less revengeful than we were and now a play devoted to revenge would
be scarcely plausible. Perhaps because our passions are less strong, perhaps ...
But if we are not certainly bound by the law of cause and effect, then perhaps it is
not an illusion that our wills are free. The bishops and the deans have snatched
at this new notion as though it were the devil's tail by which they hoped to drag ...
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