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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For French is the common language of educated men and it is certainly
convenient to speak it well enough to be able to treat of any subject of discourse
that may arise . It has a great literature ; other countries , with the exception of
I will speak but of one of them , The Sacred Flame , and of this only because in it I
tried an experiment that some readers of this book may think interesting enough
to merit a few minutes ' consideration . I tried in this play to write a more formal ...
I thought then that in The Sacred Flame I would try to make my characters speak
not the words they would actually have spoken , but in a more formal manner ,
using the phrases they would have used if they had been able to prepare them ...
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