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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My impression is that it is written at least more naturally than anything I had
written before; but I am sure that it is often slipshod and I daresay there are in it a
good many mistakes in grammar. Since then I have written many other books;
It began with Our Betters, which was written in 1915, and ended with The
Constant Wife, which was written in 1927. Most of these plays were comedies.
They are written in [ 12o J THE SUMMING UP.
I had not written short stories for many years. I began my literary career by writing
them and my third book was a collection of six. They were not good. After that I
tried now and then to write stories for the magazines; my agents pressed me to ...
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