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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beauty than that of Greece or Southern Italy; nor was it their ramshackle, slightly
adventurous, easy life; what excited me was to meet one person after another
who was new to me. I was like a naturalist who comes into a country where the ...
I think authors are unwise who do not read criticisms. It is salutary to train oneself
to be no more affected by censure than by praise; for of course it is easy to shrug
one's shoulders when one finds oneself described as a genius, but not so easy ...
... greatly pleased me; he was easy to understand and his English was good. I
read him with admiration. I was very willing to accept him as the guide I sought.
He had worldly wisdom and common sense. He was tolerant of human weakness
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