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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A play does not exist without an audience . Indeed the definition of a play is a
piece of writing in dialogue devised to be spoken by actors and heard by an
indefinite number of persons . A play written to be read in the study is a form of
the novel ...
When I say that plays are ephemeral , I am of course not speaking of plays in
verse ; the greatest and noblest of the arts can lend its own life to the humble ... I
can think of no serious prose play that has survived the generation that gave it
Let no one think that commercial plays succeed because they are bad plays . ...
But that this need not be the only merit of the commercial play is shown by those
of Lope de Vega , Shakespeare and Molière . xxxviii If I have thus enlarged on
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