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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I do not find the present unsatisfactory; I merely take it for granted. It is interwoven
in the pattern and what interests me is what remains to come. I have made a
great many mistakes. I have at times fallen victim to a snare to which the writer is
All the power of the artist's mind must be set to work on it, all his technical skill, all
his experience, and whatever he has in him of character and individuality, so that
with infinite pains he may present it with the completeness that is fitting to it.
I was much more ignorant than are, it seems to me, young men of that age at the
present day. I settled down in Seville. I grew a moustache, smoked Filipino cigars
, learnt the guitar, bought a broad-brimmed hat with  THE SUMMING UP.
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