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 is very unlikely that the dramatist who is lucky enough to have been born with
the faculty of putting things so that they carry across the footlights will also be an
original thinker. He would not be a dramatist if his mind did not work in the ...
... its way, was not really quite so important as the dramatists pretended, for after
all there were politics, golf, getting on with one's job and all sorts of other things, it
was a welcome relief to come upon a dramatist for whom love was a tiresome, ...
In that artificial medium life is not presented in a word-for-word translation, but in
a free rendering, and thus the dramatist has ample scope for the effects of which
his art is capable. For the drama is make-believe. It does not deal with truth but ...
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