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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Since the interest is not concentrated on two or three persons, but on a group,
and since the theme is their relations with one another and the environment, the
author must take care to counteract the natural inclination of the audience to ...
For the moment I will consider the audience. All the best dramatists have written
with their eye on it and though they have more often spoken of it with contempt
than with good will they have known that they were dependent on it. It is the
But an audience is affected by mass suggestion and mass suggestion is excited
by emotion. I have hazarded the opinion that if you classified the members of an
audience from A to Z, starting, say, with the critic of The Times and ending with ...
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