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 was a trifle vexed, for it is a very different thing to tell the truth about yourself and
to have somebody else tell it, and I should have liked the critic to do me the
compliment of saying that he had heard it all from my own lips. But I chid myself.
Biographies and reminiscences, technical works, will give you often an intimate
detail, a telling touch, a revealing hint, that you might never have got from a living
model. People are hard to know. It is a slow business to induce them to tell you ...
They might disagree, these friends of mine (dead, dead every jack one of them),
about the value of a sonnet or the excellence of a Greek bas-relief (Greek, my
eyel I tell you it's a Roman copy and if I tell you a thing it is so); but they were all ...
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