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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I had little gift of metaphor; the original and striking simile seldom occurred to me.
Poetic flights and the great imaginative sweep were beyond my powers. I could
admire them in others as I could admire their farfetched  THE SUMMING UP.
admire them in others as I could admire their farfetched tropes and the unusual
but suggestive language in which they clothed their thoughts, but my own
invention never presented me with such embellishments; and I was tired of trying
to do ...
admire if you would be a person of culture and not a British philistine were Walter
Pater and George Meredith. I was very ready to do what I was told to achieve this
desirable end and incredible as it must seem I read The Shaving of Shagpat ...
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