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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An old solicitor , whom I knew when I was a boy , told me that as an articled clerk
he was once invited to dine with my grandfather . My grandfather carved the beef
and then a servant handed him a dish of potatoes baked in their skins .
It seems to me that I had a natural lucidity and a knack for writing easy dialogue ,
When Henry Arthur Jones , then a well - known playwright , read my first novel ,
he told a friend that in due course I should be one of the most successful ...
A Russian exile of my acquaintance told me that when he lost his estates and his
wealth , he was overcome with despair ; but at the end of a fortnight he regained
his serenity and never since gave a thought to what he had been deprived of .
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