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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For the artist should be indifferent to praise and blame, since he is concerned
with his work only in its relation to himself, and how it affects the public is a matter
in which he is materially perhaps, but not spiritually, concerned. The artist ...
To the artist the communication he offers is a by-product. I am not speaking now
of those who practise an art to teach; they are propagandists and with them art is
a side issue. Artistic creation is a specific activity that is satisfied by its own ...
But the end of the artist and the end of other men are different, for the end of the
artist is production while the end of other men is right action. And so the artist's
attitude to life is in a certain way peculiar to himself. The psychologists tell us that
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