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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Fact and fiction are so intermingled in my work that now, looking back on it, I can
hardly distinguish one from the other. It would not interest me to record the facts,
even if I could remember them, of which I have already made a better use.
I grew tired of the absurdity that admits in conversation all manner of facts that
must be denied on the stage. I wearied of the ... In fact, I did not want to conform
any longer to the necessary conventions of the drama. I suspected that I was out
In point of fact he was incredibly idle and left the work of his parish to his curate
and his churchwardens. But I was impressionable and soon became very
religious. I accepted what I was taught, both in my uncle's vicarage and
afterwards at ...
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