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 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
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 the
play of ideas, it is because I think the demand for it is responsible for the ...
He decides when to go quick and when to go slow; when to emphasize, when to
slur; when to play up and when to play down. He deals with the sets and sees
that they are suitable and practicable to the action; he chooses the clothes ...
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