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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... a picture he does not care for? There is no more merit in having read a
thousand books than in having ploughed a thousand fields. There is no more
merit in being able to attach a correct description to a picture than in being able to
find out ...
If I meant to marry and have children it was high time I did so and for some time I
had amused my imagination with pictures of myself in the married state. There
was no one I particularly wanted to marry. It was the condition that attracted me.
powerful his individuality, the more fantastic is the picture of life he draws. It has
sometimes seemed to me that if posterity wants to know what the world of today
was like it will not go to those writers whose idiosyncrasy has impressed our ...
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