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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admire The Wild Duck, The Importance of Being Earnest or Man and Superman,
you cannot without abuse of the word claim that they are beautiful. But the chief
value of verse is that it delivers a play from sober reality. It puts it on another level,
... berate him for wanting to know. They claim that in life stories are not finished ...
For the novelist claims to be an artist and the artist does not copy life, he makes
an arrangement out of it to suit his own purposes. Just as the painter thinks [220 I
Yet that is what the asthetics claim. I must confess that in my foolish youth when I
considered that art (in which I included the beauties of nature, for I was very much
of opinion, as indeed I still am, that their beauty was constructed by men as ...
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