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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Such success as the book had was due to a lucky chance . It augured nothing for
my future . But this I did not know . Fisher Unwin pressed me to write another
much longer book about the slums . He told me that was what the public wanted ...
Success . It is the most difficult thing the writer has to cope with . When after a
long and bitter struggle he has at last achieved it he finds that it spreads a snare
to entangle and destroy him . Few of us have the determination to avoid its perils .
li When , having achieved success as a dramatist , I determined to devote the rest
of my life to playwriting I reckoned without my host . I was happy , I was
prosperous , I was busy , my head was full of plays that I wanted to write ; I do not
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