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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Sometimes he fills you with horror; sometimes he is entirely sympathetic; but he
has an inner coherence, so that though you often shudder you accept. But it was
long before Stendhal's example bore fruit. Balzac, with all his genius, drew his ...
The pieces were provided and I had to accept the mode of action that was
characteristic of each one; I had to accept the moves of the persons I played with;
but it has seemed to me that I had the power to make on my side, in accordance ...
And little as I like the deduction, I cannot but accept it; and this is that the work of
art must be judged by its fruits, and if these are not good it is valueless. It is an
odd fact, which must be accepted as in the nature of things and for which I know
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