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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the stars shine more brightly seen from the gutter than from the hilltop. The
keenest pleasure to which the body is susceptible is that of sexual congress. I
have known men who gave up their whole lives to this; they are grown old now,
but I ...
less partial, for naturally I have seen men through my own idiosyncrasies. A
buoyant, optimistic, healthy and sentimental person would have seen the same
people quite differently. I can only claim to have seen them coherently. Many
William Somerset Maugham. attempting to capture the modern spirit and
dismayed when their efforts were treated with derision. I had seen famous
authors treated with contumely, when they offered a play to managers who had
once pestered ...
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