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 found that the only possible words were those Swift had used and that the order
in which he had placed them was the only possible order . It is an impeccable
prose . But perfection has one grave defect : it is apt to be dull . Swift's prose is
The astute dramatist presents his subject as early as possible , and if for
theatrical effectiveness he does not introduce his principal characters till later ,
the conversation of the persons on the stage at the rising of the curtain
concentrates the ...
It is not necessary for me to inform the reader that in this I failed lamentably and I
do not ask him to believe me when I state that it seems to me at least possible
that if I had been sent six months before I might quite well have succeeded .
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