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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When I say that plays are ephemeral, I am of course not speaking of plays in
verse; the greatest and noblest of the arts can lend its own life to the humble
partner; I am speaking of the plays in prose with which our modern theatre is
He owes his originality to an idiosyncrasy, not of course peculiar to himself, that
had never before found expression on the stage. The English, whatever they
were in the Elizabethan era, are not an amorous race. Love with them is more ...
I have gone my way, following the course I had mapped out for myself, and trying
with my works to fill out the pattern I looked for. I think authors are unwise who do
not read criticisms. It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by ...
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