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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It has been a little unfortunate for me, since the critic is deservedly influential and
what he said in this article has been very ... One would think that except for this
the critics would never have discovered it; but since then the adjective has been ...
This is that which is written by the critic to compensate himself for humiliations he
has suffered in his early youth. Criticism affords him a means of regaining his self
-esteem. Because at school, unable to adapt himself to the standards of that ...
Criticism to my mind is a personal matter, but there is nothing against that if the
critic has a great personality. It is dangerous for him to look upon his activity as
creative. His business is to guide, to appraise, and to point to new avenues of ...
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