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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Many are forced by the situation in which they were born and the necessity of
earning a living to keep to a straight and narrow road in which there is no
possibility of turning to the right or to the left. Upon these the pattern is imposed.
Life itself ...
... such leisure as this occupation affords him. This course, indeed, was forced
upon him very generally in the past, when the author, however distinguished and
popular, could not earn enough money by writing to keep body and soul together.
One of the most curious things that has ~forced itself on my notice is that there is
no permanence in the judgment of beauty. The museums are full of objects which
the most cultivated taste of a period considered beautiful, but which seem to us ...
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