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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... such as that no English player can now say a speech of more than twenty lines
without feeling self-conscious, and devises means of overcoming their diffidence;
he directs the audience's interest to the main points of the play and lures them ...
was the first writer to grow conscious of this multiple personality and it troubled
him all his life. He was always comparing the writer that he was with the man and
he could not quite reconcile the discongruity. But the end of the artist and the end
Even in that shadowy form of survival which looks forward to the dissolution of
human consciousness, once divorced from the body, into the general
consciousness, it is only possible to refuse the name of God to this general
consciousness if ...
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