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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Verse has a specific dramatic value as anyone can see by observing in himself
the thrilling effect of a tirade in one of Racine's plays or of any of Shakespeare's
great set pieces; and this is independent of the sense; it is due to the emotional ...
est reluctance that I have even served on committees formed to effect some aim
of passing interest. Thinking that not the whole of life was long enough to learn to
write well, I have been unwilling to give to other activities time that I so much ...
Hume long ago showed that there was no intrinsic connection between cause
and effect which could be perceived by the mind; and of late the Principle of
Indeterminacy, by bringing to view certain events to which apparently no causes
can be ...
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