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 asked my friend what effect this behaviour had on the rest of the company. He
told me that no one took any notice. He also told me that my grandfather was the
ugliest little man he ever saw. I went once to the building of the Incorporated ...
When I have heard judges on the bench moralizing with unction I have asked
myself whether it was possible for them to have forgotten their humanity so
completely as their words suggested. I have wished that beside his bunch of
flowers at ...
But when a greater and greater realism, both in motive and in action, is
demanded of him and he is asked not to embroider gaily or romantically upon life
but to copy it, he is robbed of great part of his resources. He is forced to forego
asides be: ...
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